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Water, we take it for granted and probably don’t give it much thought, but it is essential to sustain life everywhere.


“WATER” is a feature documentary film by Gary Beeber that focuses on Ohio’s source of water and what’s being done to protect it for future generations.


Anyone who pays attention to the news these days knows that around the world some locales have droughts and others flooding.  What did I really know about it?  Not that much.  Like most people living in Ohio I never thought about it because there’s so much water here.   All I knew was that Ohio has large aquifers, but had no idea how we get our drinking water.  I thought that the aquifer was a huge body of water underground, but it’s not.  On a blazing hot summer day I toured a drinking water purification facility in Yellow Springs, where water is pumped directly from the aquifer.  I thought how nice it is to work here because they kept it so cool, but there was no air conditioning. The entire facility is cooled by the water that’s being pumped in.  


I have interviewed very knowledgeable people, most of whom work in the water industry.  I was informed how the aquifers were created, learned about the history of the region, and found out about contamination, conservation, and what can and should be done in the future.


Ohio is blessed with an abundance of water, and under the right circumstances could become an economic powerhouse, but only if this resource is cared for and not squandered.  As environmentalist Hope Taft says: 
“We have water, if we take care of it and we don’t pollute it, and keep the quantity up high we will be very attractive to businesses because businesses need water in order to produce all the  things that we need.”
With massive flooding going on throughout the world I thought that I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Dayton, Ohio’s devastating 1913 flood.  At the time it was one of the worst environmental disasters in history, but the City of Dayton did something about it.  Perhaps other communities can learn from Dayton before it’s too late.  I am very grateful to the University of Dayton for allowing me to use 1913 footage of the flood which is hard to watch. 
Imagine A Day Without Water a national day of action, is also discussed.  For many Americans, and people throughout the world, a day without water is a stark reality. This annual event informs the public just how important water is to them and brings together communities and stakeholders. 


So, there was a lot that I didn’t know, but this film answers a lot of my questions and hopefully yours.
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