New aerial photos spotted over at the New York Post show that some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in history. Photographer John Chapple took aerial photos of some of the most luxurious celebrity estates in California, showing that some of Hollywood’s elite, like Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Hugh Hefner are still surrounded by lush greenery, sparkling pools and bubbling fountains, despite the dire state of California’s drought.

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California residents have been showering less, flushing toilets intermittently and avoiding car washes while these stars suck thousands of gallons of water into their landscaping, pools, and decorative fountains. “The Kardashian flowers and hedges are right in our face. It’s disgusting,” one neighbour told the New York Post. “You walk by and you can smell the freshness.”

One official estimates that 70 percent of the water in Las Virgenes, where many elite estates are located, is going to the lawn maintenance of just 100 of these properties.

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“We’re right up there with Beverly Hills,” the official told the New York Post, “And that means we have to get the A-listers on the bus.”

Chapple’s photos show that not all celebrities are ignoring the drought crisis. Stars such as Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Cher seem to be taking water-saving measures on their properties.

Though Cher’s lawn is still lush and green, she has also planted water-saving palm trees and drought-resistant succulents throughout her property. Jennifer Aniston removed a vineyard from her new estate in Bel-Air and replaced it with hardscaping and drought-resistant plants while much of Julia Roberts’ lawn has been left to turn completely brown in the rainless conditions.

According to the California state water board, outdoor irrigation makes up 44 percent of water use in California’s urban and suburban communities. But the $100 fine for wasting water is no deterrent for the owners of these multi-million dollar estates. Gov Jerry Brown has proposed a new fine that could rise as high as $10,000, but the bill has not yet been introduced.

+ John Chapple

Via New York Post

Celebrity photos via Shutterstock