Our film has a lot to say about the LA Aqueduct, and water in Southern California in general. However, we don’t want anyone to think that’s all that The Longest Straw is about. Water management and usage affects everyone, everywhere. Whether you’re in a large city or small town, Southern California, East Coast, or Midwest, everyone has a connection to their water, even if it’s something so common that you’ve stopped consciously thinking about it. So, we asked our producing team to share their H20 History, and tell a bit about how water has impacted their own lives.
Sam Bode, Director: I grew up on well water in rural Northeast Pennsylvania next to a small creek. I went to college in Boston, next to the vast Charles River. When I moved to Los Angeles, the only freshwater I saw was the tiny trickle of the Los Angeles River. It baffled me that a place with no visible source of freshwater could survive with green lawns and swimming pools. That's when the concept of water importation first entered my consciousness.
Corey Janus, Producer: Conservation wasn't something I thought about growing up; I am fortunate that I didn't have to worry about where my resources were coming from, but that kept me ignorant. I am embarrassed to admit that it wasn't until my 20s that I really became aware of my relationship to my resources and understand the effects of our greater consumption. Moving to LA has highlighted water conservation for me, I had no idea what it takes to feed a city like Los Angeles. It has been a struggle curbing bad water habits I didn't know I had, but there is a comfort in taking responsibility for your footprint.
Angela Jorgensen, Producer: I grew up in rural Iowa, and we had a well. Once a month, my dad would buy a 20 pound bag of water softener pellets to help make our hard water drinkable. These pellets would never dissolve entirely, so whenever I’d get a glass of water from the sink, the particles would swirl through the water for a minute or two. I used to fear that chemical runoff from the nearby farms would get into our well and make my family sick. I never thought of “water management” as a major part of my life, even though it was always lurking at the edges of my consciousness.
Why am I posting all this today? Because this is our H20 history. Everyone has one. Even you, our dear reader. And we want to hear from you, especially if you’re a resident of Mono Lake or Owens Valley who wants to share your water history with those of us in LA. On the first Tuesday of each month, we’ll post our favorite water history on our blog!
Submit your H20 history.
Include your name, where you live, and your water history.