About this film
It’s no secret that our public water and sewer systems are in need of maintenance, repair, and upgrades, making them vulnerable to private corporations offering false solutions to cities struggling to pay for these necessities. When corporations take control of our water, they prioritize turning a profit, instead of access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water that we all need to survive. Unsurprisingly, after systems are privatized, water bills are often much higher than government-owned rates.
Fortunately, cities around the country are finding creative ways to keep their water systems out of corporate control. Our animation is narrated by Bernard Young, the Mayor of Baltimore — this is the first major city in the United States to ban certain forms of water privatization, setting a new standard for public water protection that other cities can aspire to follow.
The Story of Water was written by Ruben DeLuna, Miranda Fox, Michael O’Heaney, and Alissa Weinman. The film was directed and animated by Ruben DeLuna Creative and produced by The Story of Stuff Project. Voiceover by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. With creative and technical support from the Story of Stuff Project and Corporate Accountability teams: Jericho Apo, Miguel Astudillo, Heshan Berents-Weeramuni, Brett Chamberlin, Neil Gupta, Taylor Leake, Lizzie McQuillan, Elisa Ringholm, Ari Rubenstein.
Special thanks to: Mayor Young, Lester Davis, and Mayor Young’s team, Rianna Eckel and Mary Grant at Food & Water Watch, Marc Steiner at Center for Emerging Media, and Justin C. Gladden at TERTLTANK Media Group, and Mayors Innovation Project.