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Food & Water Watch Hosts Screening of Blue Gold: World Water Wars

The Cooper River Group of Food & Water Watch is hosting a free film screening of Blue Gold: World Water Wars at 7 p.m., June 3, at the Markeim Arts Center. The screening will be followed by a discussion about protecting the fresh water in Haddonfield.

The documentary explores the worldwide use of water for economic and political gain. Not only is this the case for developing nations but it is happening in local towns including Haddonfield, where commissioners will consider bids from private companies to buy their water system.

The film puts forth the message that commercialization of water is a crime because people should not have to pay increasingly more for something that is essential to life. In a campaign called Haddonfield’s Own Water (HOW), Watch organizers hope to educate local residents about what the proposed privatization could mean for Haddonfield residents and businesses. Based on privatization experiences around the world, concerns include losing local control of the water system, a decline in service and ultimately a higher price for water.

Location: 104 Walnut St., Haddonfield. For more information, call 732-839-0878 or 978-844-2164.

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