New water crisis documentary: FLOW (For the Love of Water)

If this new documentary about the global water crisis (link is to five Flash trailers) and the threat of privatization of water doesn’t frighten you, you are:

  1. catatonic
  2. dead
  3. Jack Bauer

    Oh wait, you may also be Jeff Siegal. [After being terrified by the trailers, check out our page of web resources on water privatization from our slowly-but-surely growing Getting Serious with series.]

    From the documentary’s site:

    With an unflinching focus on politics, pollution and human rights, FLOW: For Love of Water ensures that the precarious relationship between humanity and water can no longer be ignored. While specifics of locality and issue may differ, the message is the same; water, and our future as a species, is quickly drying up.

    Below are two video segments about the documentary from Pacifica Radio’s essential Democracy Now. Each features clips from the movie and commentary by water expert/activist extraordinaire, Maude Barlow. Barlow, a Canadian—who was probably moved to action by the water profligacy of her fellow citizens (see’s Canada: Water hogs of the planet)—is the co-author of the water privatization exposé, Blue Gold, and has recently published The Blue Covenant, described by its publishers as

    “. . .a powerful response to this trend [privatization] : the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to have water declared a basic human right, something that can’t be bought or sold for profit.

    (Here is a link to a pdf bluegold2.pdf, a 67-page, very readable white paper with a bibliography, which appears to be a summary of the book’s arguments.)


    9 Responses

    1. […] FLOW. That was where I was heading. For Love of Water. Hot at Sundance, not yet available on DVD. I’m thinking that, if our Earth Day event raises water awareness in our community, THIS would be a great documentary for later in the summer–maybe by then a showing in the new library conference room! Do take a look at the video clips from and about the film and the issues in it over at Waterblogged. […]

    2. When I lived in Arizona, many years ago, that state’s slogan was Arizona grows where water flows. A frightening coupling if there ever was one. Now their population has probably doubled…

      Thanks for working to get this important message out!

    3. Thanks, Sally. If you want to read more frightening tales of Arizona’s lack of attachment with reality, go here:
      Your site makes me want to go hiking.

    4. Hi, Jared.

      Thanks for posting this. My comment took an entire new post on my blog (verbose, moi?):

    5. Oui, verbose, toi, mais in a good way. The world needs more verbosity from folks like you.
      I like the Campanastan site btw–there’s some salty water over there now and then.

    6. I do not understand how people in the southwest demand the water fromt he great lakes….if you want it MOVE to the great lakes. 72% of the water in the great lakes belongs to the people of Michigan and to them ONLY. End of discussion.

    7. I’ve got a dilemma. I don’t buy bottled water but I do fill my own bottles with “reverse osmosis” water from the local water store. I do this because the water that comes from my tap tastes absolutely awful, even with a Brita filter. Now I’ve heard that reverse osmosis is not a water-efficient process, and causes half the water to be lost. Is this true?? Any thought on how I can make my tap water not taste absolutely putrid? It has a chemical aftertaste that leaves me feeling dryer than I was before drinking it. This, despite the fact our local water has been rated as safe and fairly pure.

    8. We North Americans (Canada AND the US) are guilty of being the highest water consumers in the world. We double what the Europeans consume.

      It’s extravegant and unnecessary and perceptions have to change. Why not prevent an issue before it becomes one? I really believe that it’s time for our generation (the 18 to 29-year-olds) to do something. Quite frankly, the water crisis is happening and it’s one of the most important aspects of humankind, yet it’s largely ignored.


      Please see attached link it just shows how the problem is not just from our direct use of water but also from our indirect use as water is embodied in all the goods that we consume.

      Studies into this subject area are being lead in Australia and the Netherlands – saving the planet is not just about carbon emissions and carbon footprint but about water footprint too.

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