“I read in an article somewhere that seven days without water and you’re dead.
We’re afraid that they’ll pump
so much water out of our aquifer that
it’ll draw contaminants into our wells.
And if that happens then what’ve we got?
We got nothin’. We can’t live; can’t
“When the well’s dry; that’s when we know the worth of water.” Benjamin Franklin
High urban demand for bottled water sends developers looking for clean aquifers
in rural communities where everyone depends on underground wells. They are generally
not welcome. As one angry citizen put it:“a guy puts a pipe in the ground next door
and makes a lot ‘a money suckin’ the water right out from under you ... you ask the
state for help and they tell you it’s YOUR problem,... so YOU go broke tryin’ to
make him stop.”
Water Wars is about bottled spring water: who buys it, where it comes from and why
it matters how it’s taken from the ground. When private bottling companies leased
pumping sites in the exurbs of Philadelphia and in rural East Texas they opened a
hornets nest of protest. Heated debates, lawsuits and challenges to the law of the
land. Locals want to drink it, feed their livestock, fish in it and grow their crops.
Developers want to pump it out, truck it away and sell it to a thirsty urban market.
So the story boils down to one fundamental question: WHOSE WATER IS IT, ANYWAY???!!!!!
“That’s a hundred year old
well there. And four days after they started
they pumped it dry.
The State of Texas says we don’t
have no rights. They can just keep pumpin’
and take out all the water. And we don’t
have nothin’ to say about it.”