Water company shames Hamptons billionaires

Tsk, tsk, Tisch!

The Suffolk County Water Authority has released a list of the Hamptons’ biggest water wasters – and readers will be amazed to learn that a number of billionaires are on it, with James Tisch leading the way.

While the average home uses 130,000 gallons of water a year, the Southampton mansion owned by the chairman of Loews Corp. gobbled up seven million gallons last year.

Other aquatic offenders include media mogul James “Sprinkelstein” Finkelstein at four million and real estate guru Robert “The Tub Man” Taubman (we’re guessing he takes a lot of baths) at six million.

Joann Richter – the wife of Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who wrote ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and ‘Cinderella Man’ – was also soaked for her nine million gallon consumption.

Sun Capital Partners co-founder Marc Leder – known as “Hugh Hefner of the Hamptons” for hosting over-the-top parties at his $20 million, 8,000 square foot mansion – shot down seven million gallons . (In 2011, Page Six reported that at one party, “guests ambled naked in the pool and performed sex acts, scantily-clad Russians danced on platforms, and men twirled torches lit to a booming techno beat.”

Marc Leder
Marc Leder’s huge property sucks up nearly seven million gallons of water.
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Louise Blouin arrives with five million gallons, who previously ran an art media empire that included “Art + Auction” and “Modern Painter.” The $63 million home known as ‘The Dune’ was in bankruptcy court in May.

The listing appeared in local media outlets Sag Harbor Express and the East Hampton Star, which noted, “While estates with sprawling, meticulously manicured and intricately landscaped grounds are certainly thirsty, the difference between a few million gallons and Super user demands are almost always geothermal heating and cooling systems in large homes.

These whales love their water.

    Louise Blouin
The estate of former art world editor Louise Blouin used nearly six million gallons.
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Meanwhile, the Suffolk County Water Authority has issued a Phase 1 Water Emergency Alert for the towns of Southampton, Southold, East Hampton and Shelter Island.

The water utility company is asking people to limit their water use by stopping irrigation at certain times and shortening shower times ‘to ensure there is enough water for the fight against fires and other emergencies”.

New York Post

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