Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- More people in California are paying too much for water when factoring in household income levels, according to the Pacific Institute.
Water in the Golden State is less affordable than policy makers may realize, the group said. The Sacramento area has 100,000 households exceeding a 2 percent “affordability threshold” for water bills, according to a statement today from the Oakland, California-based institute. Eighteen percent of Tulare Lake basin systems had unaffordable rates, it also said.
The study was released as precipitation in the most populous U.S. state for January through May registered its lowest level in about 90 years. Poseidon Resources Group is developing the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere in Carlsbad, California, to provide 50 million gallons of drinking water daily to the San Diego area.
The U.S. awarded almost $21 million to California, Nevada and nine other states in May to encourage homeowners to replace thirsty lawns with drought-resistant plants and conserve water.
--Editors: Randall Hackley, Will Wade