San Diegans have been ripping out lawns, cutting back on excessive showering and otherwise using less water in response to California’s long-lasting drought.

And yet water rates have soared for even the thriftiest of water users. About half of the two dozen water agencies in San Diego County have recently approved price increases or likely will sometime soon.

So what’s behind the rising rates?

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard dig into costs stemming from the opening of a new desalination plant in Carlsbad this fall, the city’s plan to recycle wastewater and other reasons our dollars are being dried up right along with the drought.

Kinsee Morlan

Kinsee Morlan was formerly the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture...

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