“Tapped” showing in Belfast, September 15th

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO WATER SUPPLIES ON OUR PLANET?

WHO IS TAKING WATER SUPPLIES FOR PROFIT?

ARE PLASTIC BOTTLES SAFE?

“Tapped” is a new film about public Water Supplies and resources that are now being tapped and used for private profit. “Tapped” looks at how a few corporations– specially Coca Cola, Nestle, Pepsi Cola–are benefiting from an unregulated industry– bottled water. These companies are depleting huge aquifers or taking large quantities of water from public water supplies. It discusses how millions of potentially dangerous empty water bottles are filling landfills, recycling centers and roadsides or oceans. The film also addresses an ultimate question: Is water a public resource and right From the producers of “Who Killed the Electric Car” and I.O.U.S.A., the award-winning documentary Tapped is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

An audience discussion with arepresentative of CELDF* will follow the film. The film is free; donations are appreciated For more information, call Jane Sanford at 338-3854

SPONSORED BY:UU Church Social Justice Committee, Belfast CO-OP, BelfastArea Transition Initiative, Waldo County Peace and Justice* Community Environment Legal Defense Fund
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US company plans to ship fresh water from Alaska to India

Is Maine next?

S2C Global Systems is promising tanker deliveries but high cost might make it just a pipe dream

Imagine an oil tanker plowing through the ocean, hauling valuable cargo from resource-rich nations of the world to the countries that need it: but instead of oil, the tanker holds millions of gallons of fresh water.

It’s not a vision from some futuristic film or doomsday novel, but the present-day intention of companies trying to launch the bulk water export business. The idea has been around since the 1990’s, yet no one has succeeded in making it a practical reality. Continue reading

Poland Spring gives $10,000 to Denmark library

Nestle Gives $10,000 to Denmark Library to Keep their Corporate Profits from Poland Spring flowing

DENMARK — Poland Spring Water Co. has awarded a $10,000 Good Neighbor Grant to the Denmark Public Library.

The grant will help the library purchase new reading materials and furnishings and offer a new online audio book service via the library website, according to Chris Gouterman, president of the Board of Trustees. Other anticipated improvements include replacing two computers and upgrading others.

The Denmark Public Library operates as a nonprofit and relies on support from individual donors, the town of Denmark and volunteers to provide library services to the community.

Poland Spring’s Good Neighbor Grant program provides funding to organizations and causes focused on the environment, education, health and wellness, and emergency relief, as well as to local community needs. In 2009, Poland Spring gave more than $850,000 in community grants to 72 Maine causes and organizations.

Italians say NO to water privatization

On Monday, July 19th, 2010, one million four hundred thousand signatures of Italian citizens were brought to the highest Italian Court in Rome, demanding three referendums. The objective is to place WATER and its management outside of the speculation mechanisms of the national and international financial markets, and to bring about once again its public management. Continue reading