Although there are many things to admire about cyclist and activist Lance Armstrong, his blatant water abuse isn't one of them. According to the New York Times, Armstrong's Austin home guzzled down 330,000 gallons of water in July alone! For comparison, most US households only use 120,000 gallons of water in a year. I've told you about Celine Dion's bad water habits in the past, but Armstrong's rate takes the cake, especially since Texas is going through a bad dry spell.
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In Armstrong's defense, he was quoted in an article in the Austin American-Statesman as saying "“I’m a little shocked. . . . There’s no justification for that much water.” However, the retired cyclist has consistently used a gluttonous amount of water in his Austin home. The New York Times article notes,
But city water records suggested that his home has long been a guzzler of water, using an average of 158,000 gallons a month since January 2007. Then, in June, the cyclist shot ahead of the pack, topping the city’s list of residential water users for the first time, officials said. That month his house and garden drank up 222,900 gallons.
The 8,000-square-foot Spanish-style mansion, which was recently featured in Architectural Digest includes three acres of gardens and a swimming pool, which could explain some of the water use. However, there's just no justification for this type of blatant water use. Perhaps Armstrong should consider native landscaping or xeriscaping for his Texas home.