In Era of Drought, Texas Cities Boost Water Rates

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MIDLAND — David Rosen, a self-employed geologist, said he was relieved when he looked at his water bill for April. The drought-stricken city of Midland had just slapped a steep rate increase on heavy water users, and Rosen had avoided a big charge by curtailing his sprinkler use.

“I was watering like crazy in March to beat the price increase,” he said as he sat in his living room on a rare rainy day. Outside, his lawn showed the effects of the cutback, with big yellow patches alongside the green.

Higher prices have a way of grabbing attention, and ...

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