Experts say the drought of 2012, which is affecting about 60 percent of the nation, could be the worst since the 1950s. Those hit hardest are farmers, whose troubles will be passed along to consumers as higher prices for groceries.
Consumers are also likely to pay more for electricity. With water being scarcer, water-cooled electric generating plants won't have enough water to run at full capacity. This means that less power will be generated and it will cost more per unit for utilities to produce or to buy. This higher cost could be passed on to consumers.