UPDATE, Dec. 21, 2015: Voting is now complete. The question that earned the most audience votes is: How much does water cost, and what is its actual value? What are the economic and political factors that go into how water is priced?
Read the answer from reporter Lance Williams here. You can read more answers to readers’ drought questions here.
For all our reporting on the secrets of California’s historic drought, we know there still are many stones left unturned. So a few weeks ago, we asked readers to weigh in by sending questions we should investigate about the state’s ongoing water crisis.
And you did: We’ve received more than 80 inquiries on a range of topics surrounding the drought – everything from residential water use to desalination and the actual monetary value of water.
After consulting our reporters, we narrowed the questions down to our top three, featured below. For the next two weeks, we’re putting them to an audience vote. Which question do you most want our reporters to answer? After we tally the results, we’ll assign the winning question to a reporter and start digging.
We also received several requests for information that we can answer more quickly. Stay tuned for a separate story that offers insight into some of those inquiries as we gather votes for the questions below. And to stay on top of our findings, sign up for our weekly newsletter.
This voting round is now complete. Stay tuned as we investigate the winning question.