Over three years ago, Samantha and I decided to get serious about making her documentary idea become a reality: she would hike 400 miles through the desert to connect Los Angeles with the source of its water. It was a cinematic idea, an exciting idea, and also an important idea. We had several discussions where we talked about the importance of helping people connect to the source of their resources. It’s all too easy to turn on a tap and for water to come out, but that ease can make us forget how fragile our ecosystem really is.
We discussed a worst case scenario: what if you stepped into your kitchen or bathroom, turned on your sink, but clean drinkable water didn’t come out? What would you do?
We always considered this more of a hypothetical than a likely scenario. However, in Flint, Michigan, that’s exactly the reality. As their tap water is poisoned with high lead amounts, they’re forced to turn to bottled water for eating, drinking, and bathing.
And they’re not the only ones. St. Joseph (Louisianna) is getting its fair share of discolored, unsafe water. In past years, dangerous amounts of lead have turned up in Phoenix, Denver, Sebring (Ohio), Washington D.C., and even our California water neighbors San Francisco and San Diego.
Pollutants aren’t the only concern when it comes to reliable drinking water in Los Angeles. Because such a vast amount of water is imported, our aqueduct systems pass over fault lines, placing our metropolis in a precarious position. One ill-placed earthquake could leave the City of Angels waterless and without recourse.
We’re not sharing these stories to scare our dear readers. Rather, we want to empower you, to help you understand how vital your connection to water- and by extension, other resources – is. As you become more connected with nature, we hope you can find sustainable ways to quench your city’s thirst for a long future to come.