Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Documentary June 25, 2011 "A World Without Water"

Of all the problems facing us, and there are many, perhaps the most important and often the most forgotten is water.
While we may talk about alternative energy for when oil runs out, or changing our eating patterns and cutting back if food becomes scarce, while we may substitute one thing for another in many scererios, there is no substitute for water.
One more time, there is no substitute for water.
I found this documentary on Top Documentary Films. Check it out, RJ sent me the link and it's a great site.

As less and less water is available, you have yet another problem being added and that is the problem of privatization. There are companies now saying ‘why don’t we bottle it, mine it, divert it, sell it, commodify it.’ That greed of privatization, I believe, will be much worse than climate change and everything else that has left us with the water crisis. The world is running out of its most precious resource. True Vision’s timely film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatisation of water supplies.More than a billion people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation can only get worse as water gets evermore scarce.

I'll post a few links here for you to look at for those interested in maintaining their own water supply.
Rainwater harvesting is a good option for many people.
Here are some links to help you get started.

Water Conservation Calculators
RainxChange Design Calculator
Rainwater Harvesting Guide
The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting .pdf

Another thing, try and make your rainwater harvesting activities as "invisible" as possible. Remember when Bechtel went into Bolivia to privatize their water system and had rainwater harvesting made illegal. It got them thrown out of Bolivia for one thing. LOL
But, don't put anything past these people. If it works out to someone's financial advantage to do it, they'll do it here as well.
So,be on the safe side and keep your doin's to yourself.
Here's an article about Bechtel and the IMF trying to take over Bolivia.

Bolivia: Bechtel and the fight for public water

Back in 1999, the private construction contractor Bechtel took over control of the public water system in Bolivia’s third largest city, Cochabamba. The corporation then held a monopoly over this very basic human necessity and proceeded to raise rates by as much as 200 percent, far beyond what families could afford. The law even said that people had to obtain a permit to collect rainwater! (that means even rainwater was privatized!)

Here are just a few items that came up when I did a "water rights" Google news search.

Lawyer at forum warns of Delta water grab
Pickens group, city, CRMWA agree to water sale
Meetings focus on Navajo water rights
Montana Supreme Court allows Trout Unlimited to dispute water rights claims

I hope everyone has a great weekend. See y'all tomorrow!

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