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Water Supply and Water Contamination Movies
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Scientists

Sioux Falls Scientists recommend the following documentaries that describe our water supply and water contamination.

Sioux Falls Scientists strongly recommend the documentaries Gasland and Gasland Part II. These are very topical movies that deal with fracking (hydraulic fracturing). Basically, it works to get natural gas but it endangers our water supply to the extent of making them unusable. Fracking endangers the lives of the people who depend on the water supply where these gas companies are pumping their sludges and slurries into the rocks next to the water supply. You can literally light the water coming out of your faucet. This process can kill you, but of course there are Billions to be made!

And of course we continue to poison our waterways with industrial, agricultural, and suburban development runoffs. You can't drink this stuff, you can't eat fish living in this stuff, you shouldn't swim in this stuff, and cleaning it up so you can drink it is next to impossible. There are just too many unknown chemicals in it.

And of course Corporations are trying to figure out how they can own the water supply and charge us for it. Can't afford it? Tough! When you get thirsty enough you'll pay. In South America, corporations have managed to pass laws in some countries outlawing collecting rainwater because it would infringe on their profits from selling water. There is no limit on greed in the human species.

The movies are all available from Amazon.com but you are free to obtain them from many other sources. Amazon offers them on their website along with many alternate sources, often less expensive. Many are probably also available on NetFlix.com and elsewhere for on-line viewing. You are free to choose whatever source you please. The movie links on the following pages point to the movie location at Amazon.

The Sioux Falls Scientists recommends the water supply movies and water contamination documentaries described on the following 6 pages:

  • D-Gasland: Can You Light Your Water on Fire?
  • D-Gasland Part II: The Issues Have Reached New Depths
  • D-Poisoned Waters
  • D-Poisoned Water: The Flint Water Plant
  • D-Blue Gold: World Water Wars. The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
  • D-Flow: For Love of Water. How did a handful of corporations steal our water?

12-15-16 Corpus Christi, Texas, residents warned to avoid tap water
Corpus Christi, Texas, residents warned to avoid tap water
Residents of a Texas city have been warned by officials not to drink or bathe in the tap water because of a chemical contamination. Wednesday's advisory applies to more than 300,000 people in Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the water safe, officials say. The contaminants have not yet been named, but are petroleum-based. "Only bottled water should be used for all drinking, beverage and food preparation (including baby formula and juice), making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or clothes, washing hands, and bathing until further notice," said a press release from the city. On Wednesday night long queues formed at grocery stores of shoppers stocking up on bottled water.

12-15-16 The quest to solve the world's deadly water problem
The quest to solve the world's deadly water problem
Like many of his middle-class neighbors in Mumbai, Bhakti Klein gets his water delivered to his home each week in a plastic bottle by the local grocery store. For 20 liters (just over five gallons), he pays 90 rupee, or $1.35 — nearly a third of the average Indian's daily income of $4.41. "We don't have a 24-hour water supply in my neighborhood yet, let alone potable water," says Klein, who is originally from the United States. "The entire water supply system would have to be improved before I would drink tap water." India is now the world's third largest market for bottled water. According to the research firm Canadean, the amount India spent each year on bottled water nearly tripled from 2010 to 2015, growing from $6.275 billion to $16.7 billion. That represents 6 percent of the world's current bottled water consumption, a figure that Canadean expects to grow to 10 percent by 2020. As massive as those figures sound, they pale in comparison to China's. From 2010-2015, according to research firm Euromonitor, China's annual consumption of bottled water rose from 19 billion liters to 37 billion. By 2013, China had overtaken the U.S. as the world's biggest market for bottled water by volume; in 2015, Chinese consumers spent more than $26.5 billion on this basic Earthly resource, and there is no sign of a slowing. Canadean predicts that China and India will consume about 45 billion liters more bottles of water in 2020 than they did in 2015.

9-17-16 Florida sinkhole causes huge waste water leak into aquifer
Florida sinkhole causes huge waste water leak into aquifer
About 980 million litres of contaminated water have leaked into Florida's main underground source of drinking water, state officials say. The leak occurred after a huge sinkhole opened up under a phosphate fertiliser plant near Tampa, damaging the stack where waste water was stored. The water contained phosphogypsum, a slightly radioactive by-product from the production of fertiliser. The phosphate company Mosaic said the leak posed no risk to the public. It added the contaminated water had not reached private supplies and the firm was recovering it using pumps. "Groundwater moves very slowly," senior Mosaic official David Jellerson was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency. However, Jacki Lopez, Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity, told Reuters news agency: "It's hard to trust them when they say 'Don't worry,' when they've been keeping it secret for three weeks."

9-14-16 Our water is full of drugs and we don’t know their effects
Our water is full of drugs and we don’t know their effects
Water reuse means we are all consuming a cocktail of other people's leftover medicines, but measuring their impact is almost impossible. It's time we clean up our act. PICK up a glass, fill it from the tap and take a sip. You have just had a tiny dose of the pill your neighbour took days before. Excreted and flushed through our sewage works and waterways, drug molecules are all around us. A recent analysis of streams in the US detected an entire pharmacy: diabetic meds, muscle relaxants, opioids, antibiotics, antidepressants and more. Drugs have even been found in crops irrigated by treated waste water. The amounts that end up in your glass are minuscule, and won’t lay you low tomorrow. However, someone prescribed multiple drugs is more likely to experience side effects, and risks rise exponentially with each drug taken by a person over 65. So could tiny doses of dozens of drugs have an impact on your health? “We don’t know what it means if you have a lifelong uptake of drugs at very low concentrations,” says Klaus Kümmerer at the University of Lüneburg, Germany. “These drugs have been individually approved, but we haven’t studied what it means when they’re together in the same soup,” says Mae Wu at the National Resources Defense Council, a US advocacy group.

9-13-16 Why water war has broken out in India's Silicon Valley
Why water war has broken out in India's Silicon Valley
Violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore in Karnataka state over a long-running dispute about water. Protesters are angry at a Supreme Court ruling ordering Karnataka to share water from the Cauvery river with neighbouring Tamil Nadu. TS Sudhir reports on the latest crisis.

9-12-16 Russia's Norilsk Nickel admits 'red river' responsibility
Russia's Norilsk Nickel admits 'red river' responsibility
The world's biggest nickel producer has admitted a spillage at one of its plants was responsible for a river in the Russian Arctic turning blood-red. Norilsk Nickel says that heavy rains on 5 September caused a "filtration dam" at its Nadezhda plant to overflow into the Daldykan river. However, it says there is no danger to people or wildlife. The company had flatly denied it was responsible when images of the red river near Norilsk emerged last week.(Webmaster's comment: No Danger? They are still lying! That's what all polluters do!)

9-9-16 Myth busted: dumped pills aren’t main source of drugs in sewage
Myth busted: dumped pills aren’t main source of drugs in sewage
Waste water tests show the pharmaceuticals they contain are mainly excreted, suggesting that more expensive treatment may be needed to deal with them. The next time you pick up a prescription, you might notice a message on the label exhorting you not to flush leftover pills down the toilet. This advice reflects the official belief in some countries, including that dumping medicines down the toilet is the number one source of pharmaceutical contamination in waste water. The trouble is, it’s not true. “We’re not sure where this urban myth came from,” says Patrick Phillips at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Troy, New York. Phillips’s latest work, together with Christine Vatovec at the University of Vermont and colleagues, seems to well and truly bust the myth. It also reveals some surprising sewer epidemiology. Why is it important to know the provenance of pharmaceuticals in waste water? They, and the compounds that result from mixing them, are becoming “chemicals of concern” – and only 50 per cent gets filtered out by treatment plants. The other 50 per cent could potentially end up in your drinking water.

9-8-16 Red river near Arctic nickel plant examined by inspectors
Red river near Arctic nickel plant examined by inspectors
The defence ministry channel Zvezda TV shows the red river on its website. Russian environmental inspectors are trying to establish why a river near the Norilsk Nickel industrial complex in the Arctic has turned blood-red. Dramatic pictures of the discoloured Daldykan river have been posted widely on Russian media. The government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta says a leaking slurry pipeline carrying waste copper-nickel concentrate could be to blame. Norilsk Nickel is the world's largest nickel and palladium producer. Its vast furnaces were built on the Taimyr Peninsula, in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, in the Soviet era. The mining group has a production facility called Nadezhda by the Daldykan river. But company officials said they were not aware of any river pollution from the plant.

Water Supply and Water Contamination Movies
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Scientists