As the relentless drought rages on in the Midwest, the cost of water and services is becoming more and more expensive. Homeowners are forced to absorb the costs of water line maintenance and increased cost of water itself, making it difficult on residents to continue affording their usual water usage every month. With the news the rainy season may not be enough to relieve the drought, some homeowners have installed artificial grass in their front and back yards, as it provides a welcoming appearance all year long and doesn’t require any watering.

Water providers in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the state have recently told customers that rates will go up at least temporarily, as utilities struggle to pay for building and repairing pipes, buying water and other costs, even as customers cut back. “Droughts are costly for water agencies,” said Lisa Lien Mager, spokeswoman for the Association of California Water Agencies. “Revenues are being affected by the mandatory conservation but at the same time costs are going up.”

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