Posted by: cannedcumulus | February 13, 2009

Flow: For Love of Water

What if one day you turned on the faucet and nothing came out?  What if you went through the entire day with not a drop to drink?  Finally, with aching pains in your stomach, you try one final time and a spurt of blackish brown water spurts out.  You quickly cup it to your lips, careful not to spill a single drop and feel its comforting wetness on your parched throat.  A few days later, you are dead from cholera.

A couple of days ago, the assignment for one of my classes was to watch the movie,flow-719407 “Flow: For Love of Water.” It was being screened in the theater of my school so the class was canceled and we went to go watch it.  Walking out of that theater, my notions about the future of water were completely changed.

I have known that water is becoming scarcer and scarcer of a resource for a while.  However, I had no idea the problem was so bad.  I have to be honest: Flow probably scared me more than any other film I’ve ever seen.  The possibilities and repercussions discussed in the eighty- five minutes of this film were absolutely terrible.  Among the issues discussed was the privatization of water supplies, bottled water and its stranglehold on various town’s water supplies, and the lack of clean drinking water around the world.  All in all, it was a very effective movie and certainly motivated me to get interested in the topic so that I can possibly be able to have a clean glass of water in the next twenty years.  Below is the trailer for the film:

Privatization of water supplies for bottling companies is actually something I am familiar with from my own experiences so I immediately identified with many parts of this film.  This last summer, Nestle, operating under its subsidiary, Poland Spring, tried to buy the rights to a large chunk of my town’s water supply in flowmovieframe2Kennebunk, Maine.  Protests erupted from every which way and eventually Nestle was not allowed to come in and pump.  Seeing Flow and looking back at this summer, I am truly grateful some people had the common sense to see this immense problem coming.  In the film, there is a less fortunate town in Michigan that had their water supply almost completely destroyed by Nestle and their irresponsible pumping tactics.  It seemed like no one was there to stop the big corporation from completely draining the public’s water supply.  This was one of the most frightening things in the movie: the government and public officials would not stand up for the public interest.  Corruption was everywhere!  When water is a $400 billion dollar industry, will politicians stand up for their constituents or buy into the industry?  Kennebunk might have made the right decision for now, but what about other towns that might not be so lucky?

On a global scale, privatization of water resources seems to be disastrous.  Whoever thought of selling a common resource is both a genius and the worst kind of person in the world at the same time.  While they may make tons of money fromflow it, all of that cash is from sucking the world dry, even the poorest of the poor.  It is one of the most immoral schemes I have heard in a long time.

Flow did bring up some solutions.  One segment focused on UV water treatment in India and the method seemed to work miracles.  I think that if some money was put into researching and producing more of these machines, a big damper could be put on the problem of dwindling water supplies.  However, it wouldn’t stop the privatization of water resources.  For this, the people must get involved.  At the film’s website, flowthefilm.com, there is a list of organizations that one can look into to possibly get involved.  First, however, I would heartily recommend watching the movie.  It can be rented on Netflix and on other sites I’m sure, as well as purchased at Amazon and other online marketplaces.

No matter what, we must get involved or we will have a crisis on our hands.

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  1. sounds like an interesting film. I’ll have to rent it. thanks

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