Book to read: Thirst: Fighting The Corporate Theft Of Our Water

February 22, 2008

From the preface:

The event that started us on the journey to our 2004 documentary film—also called Thirst— and later to this book took place not far from where we live in the San Francisco Bay Area. A bearded Alaskan named Ric Davidge arrived one day in Northern California with a seemingly ingenious plan to reduce what he called “the waste” of river water that flows unused into the sea. Why not lay some pipe up the river bottoms, tap the flow into giant water bags moored off the coast, and drag the bags off to sell the water in drier climes? Because fresh water is lighter than salt water, the bags float near the surface, so a person can stand on top and appear to walk on water. The inventor of the technology, Terry Spragg, does just that in a promotional photo, dancing joyfully on the waves off the Pacific coast. Californians have fought water wars for 150 years, so at first they greeted Davidge’s idea with amused disbelief, especially after the eight hundred-foot-long water bags were referred to as “bladders” or even “giant condoms.”

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