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Secret super water users

Got green? Those with money sure do – both in their pockets and around their houses in the form of sprawling lawns and towering hedges.

If you didn’t know California was experiencing a historic drought, driving through the streets of Beverly Hills and Bel Air would only keep you in the dark. The area is lush and dazzling. Streets bask in the healthy green glow of the abundant trees, grass and plants growing carelessly about.

Unsurprisingly, some of the state’s biggest known water guzzlers live here.

But finding out exactly who they are isn’t easy. Reveal reporters go on the hunt for extreme water bingers in the rain-starved Golden State. These super-users are living in homes consuming millions of gallons of water a year.

So who are these guzzlers? And why are they allowed to keep their yards green?

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