How does Miranda Kerr maintain a pool & a waterfall in the California drought?


Miranda Kerr has a new feature in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar. It’s not a fashion editorial, per se. It’s actually a decent piece of real estate p0rn, with some really fancy photos of Miranda’s Malibu property – go here to see the photos. Miranda and Orlando Bloom used to have a homebase in New York, but post-divorce, they maintain separate homes in Malibu where it’s easier for them to share custody on a weekly basis. There are plenty of reports that Miranda’s new billionaire fiancé Evan Spiegel has basically moved into her relatively modest Malibu home, rather than Miranda moving into his home or Evan buying a new home for the three of them (including Miranda’s son Flynn). Anyway, this is what I found interesting – Miranda bragging about how Evan upgraded her Malibu property:

Kerr grows her own kale, and Flynn helps her pick strawberries, blueberries, and lemons. She installed an infrared sauna in the one-bedroom guesthouse at the bottom of the hill, which doubles as a meditation room. A small gym in the pool house is stocked with state-of-the-art Pilates equipment. To create a peaceful sanctuary at night, Kerr had an electrician wire the property specifically so she can turn off devices that emit disruptive electromagnetic radiation (as well as the lights and Wi-Fi) with a flick of a switch by her nightstand.

But the most impressive enviro upgrade was a gift from Spiegel, a machine made by Island Sky called the Skywater 300, which draws moisture from the humidity in the air and produces enough water for the entire house, including showers, drinking water, irrigation, and a waterfall that cascades into a koi pond.

“This property was a dust bowl when I bought it,” Kerr says, “and now it’s so green. Obviously I’m aware of the drought problem in California. This system really just pulls water out of the sky. It was a very thoughtful present because he knows how much I love a garden.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

I’ve seen demonstrations of those Skywater machines and they really are incredible. But… do they really generate enough water for the whole house AND the pool AND her waterfall/koi pond? Do you believe that? I do not. I think Miranda is playing a little fast and loose with how much water she’s using just because she wants a waterfall in the middle of a drought. I also think it’s interesting that Evan Spiegel is gifting her that kind of thing. On one side, it is a thoughtful and cool gift. On the other side, he really doesn’t like to buy jewelry for her, huh?


Photos courtesy of Douglas Friedman/Harper’s Bazaar, WENN.

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  1. Pixelated says:

    And I bet all her plants and probably lush, non-native garden is watered this way, too! Ugh. I live in San Diego and I love it when people use the resources that exist to create beautiful properties, like succulent gardens. She’s clueless.

  2. Birdix says:

    My basic, cheapie dehumidifier fills up in a day in my CA basement (then I lug the basket outside to pour on my sad underwatered plum tree and a few hardy herbs). This system sounds dreamy, although I wonder about her electricity bill…

  3. paranormalgirl says:

    It actually pulls in a good deal of water, especially in high humidity environments. At our Bahamas home, We supplement our water via the 150 – it can get you up to 150 gallons of water a day (with 80 degrees and 80% humidity) and is compatible with the solar power we have. It supplies our drinking water and we also have a rainwater catchment system for the showers, The 300 will pull in up to 300 gallons of water per day, so the waterfall would be fine as it recirculates. If she bundled together some units, it would probably cover all the water for the house and some irrigation.

    • Zuzus Girl says:

      Where are you in the Bahamas? I’m from San Salvador, BS.

      It sounds like she has a very efficient system.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        The Abacos. San Salvador is gorgeous!!

        It is an efficient system, but only reaches peak output when conditions are optimal.

      • Coconut says:

        @paranormalgirl and @Zuzus Girl: Do you all have any Lenny Kravitz stories? He is on Eleuthera, but…

        I had a dehumdifier in a damp-ish, underinsulated house in northern California and it generated a gallon or more of water per day in the cold months.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I’m not there as often as I would like. My husband has a vacation home on a family owned cay in the Abacos. Eventually we will retire there, I think. Right now we just go on vacations and long weekends.

    • Helen says:

      Southern California is almost desert like climate though. Very low humidity. So Miranda is full of it.

      • Lyla says:

        Yeah, SoCal isn’t humid at all. There’s a reason why 60° is cold for us, but warm for warm for places like nyc, it’s the humidity.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Yeah, I thought it was kind of dry in Southern California. You’ll get results, but nothing near to what you would need for a whole house with the 300 model.

      • Birdix says:

        Except Malibu is on the coast, so more humid. I used to get headaches whenever the wind shifted and the dry, hot Santa Ana winds blew west from the desert. So different from the moist ocean breeze.

      • Jessie Mendoza says:

        Southern California has been exceptionally muggy/humid this last year. It’s really icky actually. All our spoiled by the weather genes are screwing us right now.

  4. mkyarwood says:

    I want one. But I wouldn’t use it for an effing waterfall during the drought. I’d use it to help water everyone’s plants!

  5. nicegirl says:

    WOW. AWESOME. Times sure have changed – technology can be a great thing!! I am amazed by those machines, seriously.

    How can we get those machines to those who have no water? How cool would that be? Let’s get to work on this.

    I would love to read a celebrity story about some who got that even partially worked out.

  6. Jess says:

    You don’t need to refill the pool and theoretically any of the evaporated pool water is just getting taken back in with this nifty device. The device just needs enough water for the house, which is believable.

  7. sherry says:

    Since I’m hoping to move back to LA in the next year or so, I follow a lot of California pages on Facebook. Didn’t the state remove water restrictions a few months ago? I thought I read this on one of Malibu’s pages.

    • Birdix says:

      The mandatory statewide reductions were lifted, so now it’s up to the communities. There’s still a drought, despite last winter’s rain, which was more in northern Ca than southern.

      • Coconut says:

        Was just in Tahoe and it was crummy to see all the orangey-brown dead (I presume) trees! (Still a small minority of the trees but I’ve never seen that many on my annual trips.)

  8. kimbers says:

    She looks like the pretty girl from a trailer park. No wonder she’s scary.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Yeah she’s one of those ‘beautiful people’ that do nothing for me. Kinda like Cara Delevigne, who I think looks like a coked out meth head. I guess I have peculiar taste in women.

    • Jessie Mendoza says:

      I didn’t realize that beauty depended on socio-economic status

  9. Audrey says:

    This is the sort of gift my husband would give if we could afford it(I doubt it lol).

    But my husband and I both really only give practical gifts so I get it. We’ve been married for 7 years and I’ve gotten jewellery gifted to me twice(once when i moved in with him and then earrings for our 5th anniversary).

    We bought my engagement and wedding rings together. He’s just not a jewellery person, he doesn’t see a use for it. When I was younger, it bothered me a little. But now that we own a house and have a kid, I want the practical stuff. Like i would take new appliances over a ring any day.

    That being said, I’m expecting a blender for my birthday soon and I’m kinda sad because I got a file cabinet last year lol. Hopefully he at least goes practical and pretty this time, like a new purse. Or a new front door.

    I’m so old 🙁

    • Ange says:

      Ha! My husband is the same. My last birthday he bought me a new softball bat. Which I loved! But yes, jewellery isn’t high on our priority lists. You should find a purse or door you like and point it out to him in a not so subtle way.

    • sherry says:

      I’ve been married 20 years. My husband gets a list. Like Rachel on “Friends” — Don’t deviate from “the list.”

  10. Kate says:

    She just says he bought the machine, not that he only bought one.

    It’s the same as solar panels, if you can only afford a small system it will need to be supplemented with regular power or you’ll need to be extremely energy frugal, but if you can afford a very large system you can run an insane amount of appliances just fine. These machines produce a lot of water. One probably isn’t enough for the house AND the pool, but two would be fine and three would mean they don’t ever have to curtail their water usage in any way.

  11. Chris says:

    I believe it. I have a pool, and when we went back into serious drought status, I ran the numbers on keeping it filled. It ended up being about two extra showers a week, and since I replaced the turf with drought tolerant plants, I’m still (quite a bit) more water wise than the previous owner. I open it up to the neighborhood and my friends a lot – it’s nice to be able to help people beat the heat. I’ll have to look into the sky water thing. We get a respectable bit of moisture from the coast, and every little bit helps, you know?

  12. Sam says:

    I would much rather have any of those things then jewelry!

  13. Starkiller says:

    Perfect little miss Miranda can do no wrong, of course. I came to the comments expecting to see everyone either tripping over themselves to excuse her or dumping the blame on her big bad horrible “fiancé”, and I wasn’t disappointed. Carry on.

  14. Clairej says:

    When will she go away!!!

  15. coco says:

    This is cool but no offence, Skywater 300 – sounds like something you can buy in a teleshop

  16. Gin says:

    I’m not getting how it’s being any more socially responsible in a drought environment to use these machines, all that humidity eventually returns to the general water cycle unless it’s utilised by these machines so you’re still taking a chunk of very scarce water so you can have a huge fish pond and pool. Am I missing something?