Saturday, January 22, 2011

Have We Reached Peak Water?

Flow is Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: the world water crisis.

San Marcos River by Eileen Trainor

Here are a few water facts that will make you gulp:
  • Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently does not regulate 51 known water contaminants. (

  • While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five.(

  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.(

  • According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. (

  • Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil.
    CBS News, FLOW.

  • There are estimates that from five hundred thousand to seven million people get sick per year from drinking tap water. Erik Olson, Deputy Staff Director of Barbara Boxer╩╝s Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW), FLOW.

  • California╩╝s water supply is running out – it has about 20 years of water left in the state.
    Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and co-author of Blue Gold, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, FLOW.

  • There are over 116,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into public water supply systems. William Marks, author of Water Voices from Around the World, FLOW.

  • In Bolivia nearly one out of every ten children will die before the age of five. Most of those deaths are related to illnesses that come from a lack of clean drinking water. Jim Schultz, founder of the Democracy Center in Bolivia, FLOW.

  • The cost per person per year for having 10 liters of safe drinking water every day is just $6 USD. Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FLOW
Purchase the movie FLOW here.


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