Troubled Waters: The Illusion of Abundance

Troubled Waters: The Illusion of Abundance troubled waters

Water, ancient and timeless, is one of our most precious and vital resources. Every day we depend on and interact with water in a myriad of way: industry, agriculture, development, recreation and human consumption. Can you remember even one day that you did not use water in some way?

Three-fourths of our planet is covered with water, but only two percent of it is consumable. At the world's current rate of consumption, that 2% will not be able to sustain the burgeoning global demand for water. Despite the recent overabundant rainfall, we are in a serious water dilemma.

In its fifth public television documentary, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington explores the issues and ramifications of our current crisis over water. Narrated by UNCW Chancellor Emeritus, James R. Leutze, Troubled Waters: The Illusion of Abundance is an hour-long documentary designed to educate and raise awareness about how we are over tapping our fresh water resources. Featuring North Carolina Governor Easley and world renowned water expert Sandra Postel of the Global Water Policy Project, the program explores the main causes of water scarcity -- population growth, uneven distribution of water and overuse of this finite resource. While looking at global implications, the documentary focuses on North Carolina's issues including aquifer depletion, saltwater intrusion, overuse, upstream/downstream issues, transboundary conflicts and water quality.

It is not all gloom and doom, however. Success stories illustrating cooperative efforts to conserve, share and reuse water resources are shared. A challenge is issued to all citizens to develop a new water ethic and participate and cooperate in better planning and conservation measures.

For more information & teacher and student resources about water quality, see our Water Quality website.

For copies of this program, please contact:

Barbara N. Cowan
Research Coordinator for Special Projects
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
601 S. College Road (Carriage House)
Wilmington, NC 28403-5925
Telephone: 910-962-2650
Fax: 910-962-2656