person on this planet relies on water. In Ventura, our water is from local
sources and it's our responsibility to protect it for future generations. To
help spark that awareness, Ventura Water is partnering with Limoneira's Limco
Del Mar, Patagonia and iThentic for the inaugural "Water: Take 1" Online Short
Film Contest. We hope that this exciting initiative will highlight people's
relationship with water and promote water awareness, efficiency and recycling
"We chose to do an online film contest with a water focus because members of
our community, as well as on a national and global level, must begin to
recognize the importance of water and its infrastructure," explained Shana
Epstein. "With the contest, we hope to engage intelligent and creative
conversation between leadership, businesses and the community."
Filmmakers worldwide are invited to submit short films of less than five
minutes in any genre - drama, documentary, comedy, animation, Sci-fi or
experimental - that address the topic of water. Films can be submitted and
uploaded at no cost to the contest website, watertake1.com, through
September 4, 2012.
A panel of environmental and entertainment professionals will choose a winner
for the $1,500 Grand Prize and the top winner will be presented at an event
hosted by the Brooks Institute later this fall. The film receiving the most
votes at watertake1.com will be presented the Audience Choice Award and its
filmmaker will receive a Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera.
Competing in this contest is a great way for Ventura County's high school and
college students, among others interested in water and the environment, to do
something positive that helps others appreciate our access to clean water while
promoting water efficiency and sustainability. Help spread the word to your
friends, neighbors and coworkers and get involved by joining the contest and/or
join the wave by voting for your favorite video at watertake1.com.
The issue of water infrastructure is a global one. In the United States alone,
there are large areas of infrastructure more than 100 years old that must be
fixed or replaced. However, in many other countries, such as parts of Africa
and India, the total lack of infrastructure there has a serious impact on the
local health and economy and causes a negative ripple effect worldwide.
Water is also an important issue in Ventura, although many residents are
unaware of the huge effort and the amount of energy it takes to clean and move
our water so it can be used again and again for generations to come.
Ventura is among California's oldest coastal cities and has many areas where
infrastructure is ending its useful lifespan and will need replacement over the
next few decades. While projects and plans are underway to improve this
invaluable infrastructure, it isn't without cost.
Years ago, much of the infrastructure was maintained using federal grants, most
of which are no longer available due to budget cuts. As a result, water
customers now bear the full financial responsibility of infrastructure
maintenance, replacement and improvement.