OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A number of professional athletes and sports executives in the San Francisco Bay Area are being fined for using too much water amid California’s historic drought.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bayareane.ws/1NLe0az ) that A’s manager Billy Beane, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, former world champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, retired NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Sacramento Kings co-owner Mark Mastrov were among the 1,862 customers the East Bay Municipal Utility District is citing for excessive water consumption this fall.

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To encourage conservation, the utility this summer started charging customers an extra $2 for every 748 gallons of water they used above a two-month limit of 1,000 gallons per day.

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Beane, whose home used 3,565 gallons per day, and Mastrov, who averaged 10,456 gallons, both attributed their high usage to leaks that had since been corrected.

 

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