CBS Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Some California residents are finding themselves in an ironic bind where they have to pay more while using less water in the drought. That’s because water agencies are losing revenue under strict conservation regimes, but still have to pay for staff, maintaining pipelines and other fixed costs.

A look at how communities across the state are dealing with this situation:


The city has had higher water shortage rates since 2009, although they are designed so residents meeting conservation goals still save money. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says its offsetting revenue losses by refinancing bonds at lower rates and watching spending, but it has the power to increase rates to recover money.


The agency serving 1.3 million customers east of San Francisco has implemented a drought surcharge of up to 25 percent of water bills on top…

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