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Your Call: How are water prices set in California?

On the July 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week-long series on solution to the state’s water crisis by discussing the price of water.

Two-thirds of water districts use some form of tiered water pricing to encourage conservation, but conservation measures have led to higher rates. And there is no single price that California farmers pay. How should water pricing change? And what if farmers had to buy water on the open market? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Johanna Dyer, attorney in NRDC’s Water Program

Tom Ash, Senior Environmental Resources Planner at the Inland Empire Utility Agency

Web Resources:

 NRDC: After San Juan Capistrano, Can California Water Agencies Still Price for Conservation?

 Tom Ash: Fixing the economics of water conservation

 NY Times: Water Pricing in Two Thirsty Cities: In One, Guzzlers Pay More, and Use Less

 NY Times: The Risks of Cheap Water

AP: California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

Circle of Blue: Price of Water 2015: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41 Percent Rise Since 2010