Up a winding mountain road in California gold country, hidden by groves of redwood and pine—along with pockets of humanity living off the grid—is a reservoir with the cheapest water in America.
For every 100 cubic feet of water—a standard measure that equals 748 gallons—customers pay 42 cents in Oroville, California. (Tweet This) That's cheaper than anywhere else, according to an American Water Works Association survey of water agencies.
"We have an abundance of stored water," said Michael Glaze, general manager of the South Feather Water and Power agency, located in southern Butte County near the old gold mining town of Oroville. "At the end of the year I will still have 10 years of consumption in storage."