Water

The most interesting documentaries and short films on drinking water, bottled water, water bodies and hydroelectric power stations.

Water consumption has increased sharply with due to growing population, agriculture and industry. While some regions of Earth have an abundance, many have limited access to potable water, in some cases none at all. Leaving aside the consequences of contaminated water on health, water scarcity can casue social conflict as well as dramatic changes in ecosystems and biodiversity. Much of the water is not consumed directly by the local population but used in the production of goods for export, from clothes to computers, food and beverages, so-called 'virtual water'. The water footprint can help determine how much water certain products consume and how the consumption of 'virtual water' can be reduced.

The second concern - water pollution - has heavy ramifications on all aquatic environments. Commercial agriculture is the largest consumer of water worldwide, as a result of run-off of chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides is causing of heavy water pollution. Other harmful industries include electronics, mining and oil. To learn more about oceans, visit the Oceans theme page.

Below you will also find several documentaries on the privatization of water sources.

Everything we think about regarding sustainability - from energy to agriculture to manufacturing to population - has a water footprint. Almost all of the water on Earth is salt water, and the remaining freshwater supplies are split between agricultural use and human use - as well as maintaining the existing natural environment. - Jamais Cascio

Our Film Tips

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Tapped

To our knowledge the best film on bottled water! It explains the concerns surrounding PET bottles, their problematic production and (non-)disposal as well as global (un)democratic processes concerning potable water.
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Bottled Life

"Bottled Life" focusses on Nestlé, the "leading nutrition, health and wellness company". There is a clear discord between Nestlé's public statements and the reality uncovered by the filmmaker, Urs Schnell. The ideas presented can be easily be applied to other beverages companies.
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RiverBlue

An excellent film for understanding the impact of the textile industry on the fresh water supply in China, India and Bangladesh.
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Blue Heart

An interest group from the construction, banking and energy industries is about to sacrifice the last wild rivers in Europe for over 3000 dams. People from the valleys to be flooded are successfully defending themselves and the last wilderness.
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Sunganges

The Ganga River is at the heart of this interesting documentation on alternative energy use in India. The film examines the question whether the planned hydropower projects bring the best solutions for the country.
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Artifishal

"Artifishal" is not only about wild salmon and its extinction by dams, but also about a billion-dollar salmon farming industry, which should preserve the salmon, but extincts it.

More Films

The Most Interesting Clips

The Story of Bottled Water

The Story of Bottled Water

Nature Is Speaking - Penélope Cruz is Water

Nature Is Speaking - Penélope Cruz is Water

Virtuelles Wasser - Faszination Wissen

Virtuelles Wasser - Faszination Wissen

Stadt Borken - Bürgerinformation zur Grundstücksentwässerung

Stadt Borken - Bürgerinformation zur Grundstücksentwässerung

Stuart Orr: Water - The Solvable Crisis

Stuart Orr: Water - The Solvable Crisis

Years of Living Dangerously - 'Climate Wars - Yemen' with Thomas Friedman

Years of Living Dangerously - 'Climate Wars - Yemen' with Thomas Friedman

Our Water, Our Future

Our Water, Our Future

Die Wahrheit über Nestlé

Die Wahrheit über Nestlé

Detroit Water Crisis - a Prelude to Privatization of Water

Detroit Water Crisis - a Prelude to Privatization of Water

Shut off: Detroit's Water Crisis - VICE

Shut off: Detroit's Water Crisis - VICE

Privatizing Water: Nestlé Trying to 'Buy' Oregon Public Water Supply

Privatizing Water: Nestlé Trying to 'Buy' Oregon Public Water Supply

Nestlé Wir klauen das Wasser der 3.Welt - WDR

Nestlé Wir klauen das Wasser der 3.Welt - WDR

Sandra Postel: Troubled Waters - National Geographic

Sandra Postel: Troubled Waters - National Geographic

Warka Water towers harvest drinkable water from the air

Warka Water towers harvest drinkable water from the air

Creating Water in the Atacama Desert

Creating Water in the Atacama Desert

How Wolves Change Rivers

How Wolves Change Rivers

The most beautiful river in the world

The most beautiful river in the world

A Tale of Two Cities (Nestle and Flint)

A Tale of Two Cities (Nestle and Flint)

Schweizer Gewässer – Alles klar?

Schweizer Gewässer – Alles klar?

Eaux suisses – tout est clair ?

Eaux suisses – tout est clair ?

Swiss water bodies – all clear?

Swiss water bodies – all clear?