With the drought in full force, many Californians are finding it hard to keep up with the soaring prices for water and fuel.
And they’re asking how you can help.
Many are asking for a form of emergency assistance, a loan or a subsidy to pay for their water bills.
But they’re worried that the government won’t do much.
The drought is hitting the state hardest.
It’s already been the worst in the U.S. in the past decade.
It has forced farmers to curtail production, which in turn has pushed prices up, causing prices to spike for many households.
The California Department of Water Resources has warned that California residents who have been without power for longer than 12 months will be eligible for a $2,000 water grant.
Those who can’t afford the loan or who can no longer afford their bills will be charged a 1 cent-per-gallon increase.
And even though water rates are up by about 1 percent, it’s still a hefty sum for some households.
For some, that’s already a lot of money.
“I’m paying $300 a month for water, and it’s not enough to make a dent in my water bill,” said a 25-year-old woman who asked that her name not be used.
“We don’t have a lot to eat.
I can’t eat out.”
The drought in California has left millions without power as well.
Many households have cut their water use.
But many have not been able to afford the expensive water they need to keep the lights on.
California’s drought has pushed the price of water up, as well, by as much as 10 percent.
Many residents are now paying more than $100 per month to fill up their water tanks, which can run as high as $100 a gallon.
Some even have to pay as much for water as their mortgage.
For many, the costs of getting water are out of reach.
“We don and we’re going to pay our bills and make the best of it,” said one man, who asked not to be named.