Corporate control of our drinking water |

Corporate control of our drinking water

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle News

Kudos to Roaring Fork Conservancy for bringing life-altering information about bottled water to the Roaring Fork Valley.

Last Friday, I watched “Tapped the Movie,” an hour-long movie by Atlas Films, at Valley View Hospital, and was profoundly affected by one of the biggest problems facing the environment. This movie covers topics such as water mining (major companies sucking up water from different areas, not paying for it and then selling it as bottled water – and it happens right here in the Roaring Fork Valley); health concerns to people who drink water in plastic bottles; the self-regulation of the water bottle industry; and what billions of water bottles, which wind up in the oceans, are doing to fish and the environment.

In my opinion, this movie should be shown to students in all grade levels, and be made available to everyone who drinks bottled water.

“We’ve been getting some great feedback from the film and have heard some great stories about the impact our Celebrate Local Tap Water campaign has brought,” said Roaring Fork Conservancy Education Director Tim O’Keefe. “Since March, we’ve shown the film to over 1,200 people, including six of seven different schools in the valley.”

Call the Roaring Fork Conservancy at 927-1290 or check out the website, and the link and go to Bottled Water 101. Topics on the website include Municipal Drinking Water Quality Information; Alternatives to Bottled Water; and Bottled Water in Colorado Facts.

You can buy copies of the film at for $20.

Mega corporations are making billions and billions of dollars on bottled water, and the industry is self-regulated and doesn’t report any safety or quality information to the Environmental Protection Agency. This means corporate control of our drinking water.

You can make a difference, you can do something to safeguard your health and the environment. Everyone deserves fresh, clean drinking water which is safe to drink.

Colorado STRIDES, a program of the Colorado Rural Health Center, will facilitate a community meeting to assess health, health care and healthy living. The meeting will take place from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 at The River Center, 126 N. Fourth Street in New Castle.

The meeting will be presented in conjunction with the Community Economic Development Assessment, which the Office of Economic Development and International Trade will conduct the day before the meeting in New Castle. Colorado STRIDES works with communities on issues associated with community, economic and local leadership development. The meeting will allow residents and local leaders to engage in an analysis of health, healthy living and health care in Garfield County, and to create a community action plan to address issues identified at this meeting.

The meeting is free, but participants are asked to RSVP Clint Cresawn at or call 800-832-7493.

Ricky Lively’s artwork is being displayed at Patti’s Main Street Coffee House until Sept. 13. An artist’s reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 at the coffee house.

Lively was born in Glenwood Springs and raised in New Castle and the Flat Tops. He is a self-taught photo realistic painter, who works in oils and has been painting for 28 years.

His work has been hung in several local art shows and national exhibits and is in several private collections.

Mr. Lively will also consider commission work, so those with a special subject may call his art agent, Devin Greene, at 984-0585 or call Lively directly at 379-2615.

You are invited to a meet and greet for Roger Wilson, Democratic candidate for House District 61, from 12:30- 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 at OZ, The Artists’ Workshop, located at 331 W. Main Street in New Castle. Please, no inquiries to OZ.

– Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her for a possible mention of a positive local event or news item, please e-mail or call 618-6689.

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