In California, water may be increasingly difficult to come by, but it hasn't gotten harder to pay for.
Californians are being forced to slash their water use as some predict that yet another year of drought could empty the state's reservoirs. The massive Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), serving nearly 19 million customers, has decided to spend $350 million in reserve funds to reimburse people who tear out their lawns. In essence, that's $350 million already paid by customers now going to reimburse some of those same customers for using less water.
So much money, so little water. One might assume monthly water bills are costing Californians a fortune. Not quite.
This reporter's water bill, for example, was $66 in March and $80 in April—and that's for a house with a pool. That averages out to about $2.50 a day, less than the price of a latte.