A film by Vasilika Vanya Marinkovic, Lance D Whitman

We are running out of water. We are running out of our humanity. We are out. Our time is up. The Earth is retaliating. We have taken everything for granted, not merely water.

We need to boil some vegetables. We turn the sink on and fill the pot. A simple action. How long can we take this for granted?

The need to urinate arises; even if it is a small amount. I’ve worked in offices most my adult life and I hear the amounts of urine dispelled from women. Sometimes it is just a tiny amount and I on occasion have been guilty of this. My body, emotions anyway. UTI’s, growing older, small bladders, etc. We flush it down. That is two gallons of water.

At work in the U.S., I suppose it would be a faux pau to follow the mantra, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.”

For God’s sakes, we can barely follow this mantra in our own homes. Lest a few uncouth splashes of yellow and plushy pieces of toilet paper accumulate in the throne. It may be unsightly. But when you look at a landfill or inside a sewage system, and the amount of water you may have used for just a little droplet of urine, it is ungodly.

In you shower head, two gallons a minute is the flow. It used to be more.

Women, men, transgenders wash their makeup off once a day. A semi simple task. An unbearable result upon our world.


We fill our brita waters, fill the bowls of our beloved pets

They are tasks-burdensome a little but not in the realm of walking miles on every day for fresh water

We sometimes take extended showers-fill the bath very high…

We have aquariums, fish tanks, swimming pools.

WE ARE PRIVILEGED in our water usage.

But we are running out of the right? Should be a loose term-privilege. To burn through water-excuse the anti-pun.


As an important note-not simply water. Are expended energy-in the form of materials that compromise the planet Earth. Our use of paper, plastic, beware.

Take heart and be prudent.

785 million people lack access to clean water. That’s one in ten people on the planet. Women and girls spend an estimated two hundred million hours hauling water every day. The average woman in rural Africa walks six kilometers every day to haul 40 pounds of water.

The Colorado River system which supplies 36 percent of Arizona’s total water use, has experienced extensive drought conditions for the past 19 years. This has resulted in Lake Mead dropping to historically low reservoir levels.

Water issues in developing countries include scarcity of drinking water, poor infrastructure of water access, floods and droughts, and the contamination of rivers and large dams. Over one billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to clean water.

Just about all of the natural running surface water near Phoenix has dried up due to human intervention. Three major water sources-groundwater, Central Arizona (CAP) water from the Colorado River, and Salt River Project (SRP) water largely from the Salt and Verde Rivers-supply the metro area with its water.

Arizona is estimated to run out of water in the year 2026.

So Lance traveled to Alaska once again

To explore options

A land of three million lakes

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