The Ogunquit Select Board is reaching out to Wells, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport in an effort to better understand the local battle of water rights.
The board, during a Sept. 15 meeting, approved sending three letters asking officials in each town to enter into a joint-showing of the documentary “Tapped,” a film featuring local water activists and the debate over bottled water and large-scale water extraction in southern Maine.
In 2008, the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District struck a deal with Nestlé Waters North America/Poland Spring that could have allowed water withdrawal from Branch Brook Aquifer for bottling purposes.
The deal was eventually shot down by trustees, but controversy ignited a long-standing debate about water rights and regulations in area communities.
“This is an issue that affects the whole area,” said Selectman Phil Cavaretta during the meeting.
Cavaretta, who proposed the film viewing, said he watched the film at the Leavitt Theater on Sept. 11 and felt the film captured the sentiment felt by many residents in southern Maine communities. The issue spanned all municipalities and communities in Maine, he said.
The letters were approved in a 4-0 vote.