“WHO OWNS OUR WATER?” (a double feature)
When: Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-9:00 pm Where: Peacock Hall
With the possible need for water reclamation being discussed in our community, Sustainable Rossmoor will be screening two timely films on Wednesday, May 9th at 7 pm in Peacock Hall under the heading “WHO OWNS OUR WATER?” Both award-winning films (each less than an hour) are about who controls California’s water.
PARCHED pt 1 – Privatization: The California Water Heist
First will be “Privatization: The California Water Heist” from the series PARCHED produced by National Geographic. It follows the trail of powerful water moguls as they take over precious water resources in shady backroom deals. Through multiple investigations, the documentary reveals how a few powerful and politically connected men exploit the state’s most precious resource, while drought and a groundwater crisis leave consumers desperate for better solutions. The future of our state’s agriculture – which provides over half the country’s fruits, nuts and vegetables – has become uncertain. Californians and the world are waking up to a stark reality: water is a commodity, and it is becoming more and more valuable. As a Porterville resident warns us, “You’re going to be next. Just watch, you’re going to be next.”
OVER TROUBLED WATERS
The second film, OVER TROUBLED WATERS, produced by Restore the Delta, is back by popular demand. It played during Sustainable Rossmoor’s recent Earth Awareness Week. Narrated by Ed Begley Jr., it details the dangers to the largest estuary on the west coast as it becomes more salty, more shallow, and warmer with its wildlife dying off as a result of canals taking northern CA water to the Central Valley and Los Angeles. It focuses on the water wars between the farmers and the cities, and between Northern and Southern California.
Why does the average Californian “need” over 200 gallons/day while residents in the rest of the developed nations of the world use fewer than 30 gallons daily per person. Why are some Californians required to ration and pay higher prices, while others are not? The new threat — the delta twin tunnels project — is avoidable with other ways to create a sustainable water supply.
All are welcome to this free program. An optional discussion will end the evening.
OVER TROUBLED WATERS: https://vimeo.com/39638832