ENVIRONMENT
06/26/2008 05:21 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Water Wasters. Celine Dion and Tiger Woods Top List

UPDATE: Celine Dion's hefty water bill may have been the result of a broken water main, the Palm Beach Post reports.

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Imagine filling a 50-gallon bathtub five times a day for a year.

Even then, you wouldn't come close to what some Treasure Coast water customers use in just one month.While most residents use fewer than 10,000 gallons a month, utility records show that some of the Treasure Coast's most water-hungry residents use more than 15 times that amount.The biggest users live along Martin County's coastline, including wealthy Jupiter Island, where homeowners use up to 1.6 million gallons a month - more than 250 times the average amount used by residential customers served by Martin County utilities.

For the 12 months that ended in March, the title of top water-guzzler went to Renlec Management, the Montreal-based company of Canadian singer Celine Dion, who owns 5.7 acres in the island town. In a year, the property used about 6.5 million gallons of water, or enough to fill a 50-gallon bathtub about every four minutes.

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