Lady Gaga appears in California PSA on water conservation
July 17, 2014
Several months after filling Hearst Castle’s 345,000-gallon Neptune Pool with water for a music video shoot, Lady Gaga is instructing Californians to practice water conservation.
Early this year, a leak prompted workers at Hearst Castle to drain the Neptune pool. Lady Gaga then demanded that the pool be refilled prior to her Feb. 11 music video shoot at the castle. She did so without the authorization of state parks officials.
In exchange for shooting the music video with the pool full, Lady Gaga contributed more than $275,000 to the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation. She also agreed to shoot a public service announcement for the state of California, which officials released Wednesday.
“I had the honor of shooting my music video at California landmark Hearst Castle,” Lady Gaga said in the PSA. “While I was there, I learned about the necessity of water conservation during this drought.”
The PSA directs viewers to saveourh2o.org, the state’s water conservation website.
The release of the PSA came one day after the State Water Resources Control Board voted to create a stiff regulation on water wasting. The new rule will impose up to $500 a day fines on residents who wash their cars without a shutoff nozzle or who let landscaping water run off their property and onto public sidewalks or streets.