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I-Team: A tale of 2 mansions and water usage

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William S. Kelly's property. William S. Kelly's property.
Sheldon Adelson's pool. Sheldon Adelson's pool.
Frank Fertitta's swimming pool. Frank Fertitta's swimming pool.
Carl Ross let his fountain go dry to save water. Carl Ross let his fountain go dry to save water.

LAS VEGAS – It’s no secret Las Vegas is dealing with a drought and while most people in the valley take steps to conserve water, some don’t. Some residents are using water at a rate many times the average customer.

The I-Team visited one neighborhood that has a home near the top of the list in water usage and another home that is among the water district's greatest success stories when it comes to conservation.

The largest residential water user in Las Vegas is a 7-acre parcel at O'Bannon Drive and Cimarron Road that includes four separate houses. The bill payer for the entire complex is William Kelly, the owner of a number businesses, including Data-Tech Solutions.

His complex consumed 12,000,293 gallons of water in 2013. To give you an idea of how much that is, if you poured it on top of a football field, the field would be under nearly 29-feet of water. The I-Team reached out to Kelly for comment, but didn't get a response.

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The second biggest user in Las Vegas was 99 Spanish Gate Drive in Spanish Trail. The 37,000 square foot home sits on a 16-acre tract and was built originally for the Sultan of Brunei's brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah.

Though a swimming pool appeared dry and the fountains weren't flowing, during a recent fly over by Chopper 8, the complex used 11.3 million gallons of water in 2013.

That amount of water would supply about 80 average homes in Las Vegas over the course of a year. The mansion at 99 Spanish Gate is owned by a holding company. The I-Team couldn't reach anyone with that holding company for comment.

Probably no list of “the most" in Las Vegas would be complete without an appearance by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. The estate on Trophy Hills Drive has been used as Adelson's residence and used nearly 8 million gallons last year. That’s enough water to supply 55 average homes.

Not every mansion in an exclusive neighborhood is a water guzzler.

“I was using water that was unnecessary,” said Carl Ross.

Ross used to have a fountain in front of his home in Queen's Ridge, but when the water company told him he had to choose between the fountain and the backyard pool, he went ahead and took the plunge into xeriscape. He kept the pool but took out fountain, the grass and other water intensive plants.

“When you buy artificial grass, you don't want to buy the cheapest. You want to buy good stuff,” he said.

Ross took the I-Team on a tour of his re-made yard. He says the water saving measures have cut his water bill by $600 a month and his landscaping tab by $500.

“Now I'm saving $1,100 a month and I'm happier. My lawn looks better.”

Ross's home, with its artificial grass and other water conservation improvements, is just down the street from one the homes that are in the top five of our list of water users. The home belongs to casino mogul and ultimate fighting executive Frank Fertitta III whose home is number five on our list, having drawn just over six million gallons of water from the tap in 2013. Ross's home isn't as big as Fertitta's, but it is on the same street and it shows that conservation is something that anyone in any neighborhood can practice.

“It's beautiful and you don't have to do anything. You know? Just cut the trees, trim the trees twice a year, and it's just nice,” Ross said.

While Frank Fertitta’s house is number five on our list of top water users, his brother’s home is number four.

The I-Team reached out to both men through their company, Stations Casinos, and was told they didn't want to participate in the story.

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