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Oakland A's Executive Billy Beane Among Top East Bay Water Wasters: Report

Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics is among the top excessive water users in the East Bay, which is experiencing a significant drought, according to a report provided late Thursday by the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

The A's executive vice president of baseball operations – who is the subject of the book and film "Moneyball" – is third on the district's list of highest water users.

The list shows excessive water use from September. Beane used just short of 6,000 gallons of water per day, according to the EBMUD report.

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Retired Chevron Oil Executive George Kirkland tops the list by using more than 12,000 gallons of water a day – 48 times the district average.

Kirkland said late Thursday he had a leak that he was unaware of.

Beane is quoted as saying that he has tried to cut back on water usage, but has a large landscape yard.

"I certainly pay for it," Beane told the San Jose Mercury News.

Both Beane and Kirkland live in Danville.

EBMUD customers are fined if they use more than 1,000 gallons a day.

California's prolonged drought has threatened vegetation and wildlife and been blamed for raging wildfires.

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