The mandatory conservation left many Georgia utility companies with less revenue, so now they are increasing rates.
A utility company in Atlanta raised its rates this year by more than 27%.
Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson says as communities grow, water treatment plants must grow too, but plants are expensive to build.
Since consumers used less water during the drought, companies statewide are increasing fees to pay back their debts.
But in Valdosta, that's not the case.
Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson says, "We recently completed a $19 million dollar water treatment plant expansion. We paid for it with cash, it opened debt free, so we don't have a lot of debt service."
Valdosta is currently in the process of balancing this year's water treatment budget.