Frightening film about the effects of bottled water

My wife, myself and others came together at Churchill School recently for a free viewing of “Tapped,” a documentary film about the bottled water industry, presented by one of Baker’s newest and most important organizations — “Trash Talk.” You may recognize the name from a fresh and informative new monthly column in the Herald. As per usual I was saddened by the lack of attendance. I am slowly getting accustomed to the prevalent apathy of our community even though I personally, and selfishly, find it unacceptable. Enough of that.

I was totally unprepared for what this movie revealed. “Tapped” turned out to be a horror movie. “The Exorcist” had nothing on the real life terror that “Tapped” unleashed. I will forever strive to never purchase another plastic bottle of water. The guilt and shame would be overwhelming. With total disregard for our environment and the health of all life the bottled water industry is quickly destroying the livability/viability of our planet. It is being done with lies, zero regulation, deceptive marketing and the complete absence of government oversight. This whole evil juggernaut is, of course, fueled by money and greed.

Surveying the small crowd of 25 or so concerned citizens I noticed (with a bit of tact and hopefully without offending anyone) that the majority had celebrated, at least, their 50th birthday. I feel it is critical that a younger demographic see this film. It is the younger consumers (having more time) that must be involved in fixing this scourge that we have “all” allowed to happen. Young mothers, fathers, teenagers. I daresay “Tapped” should be required viewing for all middle schoolers, if only for the shame they can inflict on parents

“Tapped” is 10 years old. It may seem a bit dated — which it is — but only because the negative impacts have increased a hundredfold. Its relevancy has never been more horrifying. Please find and watch “Tapped” — your Earth depends on it.

My “limited” understanding is that “Tapped” is available from our local library or and “Trash Talk” welcomes you on Facebook.

Mike Meyer

Baker City