Best Water Documentaries

A look at the best FREE Water documentaries, especially on water crisis and scarcity.

Water scarcity (closely related to water stress or water crisis) is the lack of fresh water resources to meet the standard water demand. There are two types of water scarcity: physical or economic water scarcity. Physical water scarcity is where there is not enough water to meet all demands, including that needed for ecosystems to function effectively. Arid areas for example Central and West Asia, and North Africa often suffer from physical water scarcity. On the other hand, economic water scarcity is caused by a lack of investment in infrastructure or technology to draw water from rivers, aquifers, or other water sources, or insufficient human capacity to satisfy the demand for water.

In this article we are listing the best water documentaries we have found so far.

1. How The Rich Are Hoarding The World's Water | A World Without Water | Spark

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Duration 01:15:39
Date Published September 11, 2022
Views 11698+
Channel Spark

Businesses all over the world are now buying up water supplies and now one of the most important resources for our survival is becoming a commodity. 'A World Without Water' tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatization of water supplies around the world. --- Subscribe to Spark for more amazing science, tech & engineering videos: https://goo.gl/LIrlur Join the Spark Channel Membership to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMV3aTOwUtG5vwfH9_rzb2w/join Find us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SparkDocs/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spark_channel/ Any queries, please contact us at: [email protected] #Spark #cleanwater #nestle

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2. The secrets of sewage - What's in our wastewater? | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:26
Date Published August 26, 2022
Views 98066+
Channel DW Documentary

A toxic cocktail rushes through the veins of cities: our wastewater. But this stinky liquid mix also contains useful information. Now, scientists are measuring the wastewater of Berlin and Paris on an unprecedented scale. What exactly is in the wastewater? A group of researchers is on its way to Europe's largest wastewater treatment plant to find out. Some 80 per cent of Paris’ wastewater is treated at the Achères sewage treatment plant northwest of the French capital. A thousand kilometers to the northeast, just outside Berlin, a very similar scene is taking place. Here, too, a team of renowned researchers

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3. Who owns water? | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:27
Date Published August 24, 2022
Views 1068900+
Channel DW Documentary

Climate change is causing temperatures to rise. And everyone is consuming more water - whether it’s to make soda, microchips or cattle feed. But our reservoirs are running dry. Investors are buying water rights, prices are going up and farmers are running out of water. The climate crisis is worsening worldwide. In many countries, increasing drought is threatening not only human survival, but entire ecosystems. Livestock farmers are running out of water. In India, farmers can no longer irrigate their fields. People are fleeing their homes in large numbers. Who owns water? Will there be more and more conflicts, even

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4. What happens when our water dries up? | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:26
Date Published August 17, 2022
Views 474357+
Channel DW Documentary

Climate change is causing rising temperatures, extreme weather events and more and more drought. And, in this changing reality, everyone needs more water. Humans are competing with the natural world for water. What does this mean for biodiversity? Fewer and fewer countries still have an abundance of water. The climate crisis, overpopulation and overexploitation are the root of this global problem. And, in a warming world, everyone is using more water: people, agriculture and industry. In Germany, streams and ponds are disappearing, forests and soils are drying out. What does this mean for biodiversity? And how do people cope with

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5. The fight for water | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:26
Date Published August 10, 2022
Views 4504869+
Channel DW Documentary

Climate change is causing temperatures to rise. Extreme weather events and droughts are increasing. Springs and wells are drying up. And everyone needs more water. The battles for control over precious water reserves have begun. In some countries, water has always been available in abundance - and is wasted carelessly every day. But the climate crisis is changing that. Because the climate is warming, everyone needs more water than ever: for drinking, agriculture and industry. Water is the new gold. In many countries, the distribution battles for precious water reserves have already begun. In Mendocino, California, there is no longer

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6. Our drinking water - Is the world drying up? | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:27
Date Published March 20, 2022
Views 1629036+
Channel DW Documentary

Only 0.3 percent of the Earth's total water supply is suitable for human consumption. Ominously, this precious resource is beginning to shrink. Natural water reservoirs are drying up due to climate change. Glaciologist Daniel Farinotti surveys melting glaciers in the Swiss Alps. If glaciers continue to melt at the current rate, he says, there will be no ice left by the end of the century. The disappearance of glacial meltwater would have fatal consequences. From the heights of the Swiss Alpine glaciers, the documentary travels down to the seafloor, off the coast of Malta. Here, the crew of the German

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7. Water Crisis: A Global Problem That's Getting Worse | Planet A

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Duration 22:39
Date Published November 29, 2021
Views 515234+
Channel VICE News

In this episode of ‘Planet A’, Professor Deborah McGregor explains why human systems like the commodification of water are at the root of the current crisis, how climate change will intensify water scarcity and why we need to change our relationship with water to avoid a bigger, looming crisis. In 'Planet A', VICE World News takes viewers on a global tour of the ecosystems that sustain life on earth to expose the existential threats that reach far beyond climate change. Planet A is supported by @Zurich Insurance Group #sponsored Watch more from this series: The Destruction of Nature Is as

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8. Global Water Wars (Full Episode) | Parched

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Duration 47:21
Date Published July 29, 2021
Views 764183+
Channel National Geographic

As the planet dries up, access to water has become not only a powerful lifeline, but also a dangerous weapon of war. Watch more Nat Geo Documentaries now on Disney+: https://www.disneyplus.com/brand/national-geographic ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta TikTok: http://www.tiktok.com/@natgeo Tenor: http://on.natgeo.com/31b3Koc About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Global Water Wars (Full Episode) | Parched https://youtu.be/A0yu7nP50rM National

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9. The Water Crisis | National Geographic

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Duration 44:13
Date Published May 5, 2021
Views 761561+
Channel National Geographic

Actor, Adrian Grenier, and National Geographic Explorer, Shannon Switzer Swanson, explore the growing problem of water scarcity in the US. Are we running out of water? Shannon heads to the Colorado River to uncover solutions for the problems facing the region, while Adrian challenges himself to reduce his water use at home by an ambitious thirty percent. Will he succeed? Paid Content for Finish. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta TikTok: http://www.tiktok.com/@natgeo Tenor: http://on.natgeo.com/31b3Koc About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through

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10. The Fight For Water - Kenya's Cattle Wars - Part 1 | Giving Nature A Voice | Free Documentary Nature

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Duration 44:22
Date Published April 7, 2021
Views 3191410+
Channel Free Documentary - Nature

Giving Nature A Voice - Season 1, Episode 4: The Fight For Water - Kenya's Cattle Wars | Nature Documentary Watch 'The Fight For Water - Kenya's Cattle Wars - Part 2' here: https://youtu.be/dTCGLwWOAPY Kenya’s most famous TV investigative reporter produced a film on the cattle wars in northern Kenya. In the lawless wilderness of northern Kenya, where pastoralists graze their cows, well-armed herders are forced to compete for diminishing grasslands in this era of climate change. Cattle rustling between Samburu, Boran, Pokot & Turkana warriors is on the rise. Hundreds have died in senseless cattle wars that top Kenya’s

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11. How The Rich Are Stealing The World's Water | Earth Stories

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Duration 01:13:53
Date Published January 29, 2021
Views 128790+
Channel Earth Stories - Climate Change Documentaries

This film investigates the future of the world's water, and paints a disturbing picture of a world running out of the most basic of life's essentials. 8-year-old Vanessa and her parents have to walk almost a mile down the cliffs of El Alto in Bolivia to collect water from an unreliable well every day. Yet, they live just a few hundred metres from their city's main water treatment plant and can see millions of gallons just beyond the barbed wire fence. They are victims of waters increasing commodification. Subscribe to Earth Stories to watch more documentaries: http://bit.ly/3iUO7th Content licensed from

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12. Are We Running Out Of Water? | Avoiding Apocalypse | Spark

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Duration 50:51
Date Published July 22, 2020
Views 230980+
Channel Spark

Can our planet provide water to an unlimited number of human beings? Signs of resource depletion are already numerous. Potable water is becoming increasingly scarce. The biggest culprit? Agriculture, which has to feed the seven billion people that inhabit the planet. Subscribe to Spark for more amazing science, tech and engineering videos - https://goo.gl/LIrlur Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SparkDocs/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spark_channel/?hl=undefined Content licensed from Syndicado to Little Dot Studios. Any queries, please contact us at: [email protected] #spark #sparkdocumentary #sciencedocumentary

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13. Explained | World's Water Crisis | FULL EPISODE | Netflix

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Duration 18:43
Date Published April 17, 2020
Views 3428528+
Channel Netflix

In partnership with Vox Media Studios and Vox, this enlightening explainer series will take viewers deep inside a wide range of culturally relevant topics, questions, and ideas. Each episode will explore current events and social trends pulled from the zeitgeist, touching topics across politics, science, history and pop culture -- featuring interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields. In this episode: The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resource, while also ensuring access to it as a human right? US Rating: TV-MA. This show is designed

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14. Our Planet | Fresh Water | FULL EPISODE | Netflix

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Duration 48:44
Date Published April 17, 2020
Views 12306210+
Channel Netflix

Experience our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope. In this episode: The need for fresh water is as strong as ever. However, the supply is becoming increasingly unpredictable for all manner of species. For more about Fresh Water please visit https://www.ourplanet.com/en/video/how-to-save-fresh-water-flow Download free educational resources at https://www.ourplanet.com/en/schools-and-youth US Rating: TV-PG. Parental guidance suggested. SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 167 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of

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15. The world’s most polluted river | DW Documentary

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Duration 42:31
Date Published January 25, 2020
Views 6499979+
Channel DW Documentary

The Citarum River in Indonesia is the world’s most polluted river. One of the main polluters is the fashion industry: 500 textile factories throw their wastewater directly into the river. The filmmakers teamed up with international scientists to investigate the causes and consequences of this pollution. With the help of concerned citizens, the ‘Green Warriors’ team analyzed water samples, rice, children’s hair, etc. and discovered that toxic chemicals are endangering the lives of the 14 million Indonesians who use the Citarum water. What was once considered paradise is now a brown sludge of human waste and dangerous substances like nonylphenol,

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16. Spain's water problem | DW Documentary

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Duration 28:17
Date Published January 24, 2020
Views 1018473+
Channel DW Documentary

There are believed to be a million illegal boreholes in Spain, used to irrigate agricultural zones. The country’s water crisis and illegal water extraction is having fatal consequences, not only for the environment. Last year, a toddler died after falling into an open borehole near Malaga, Spain. Felipe Fuentelsaz is an activist campaigning against illegal boreholes and water extraction and pushing for sustainable water usage, hoping to improve awareness of the issue among both farmers and consumers. For the past 16 years, Felipe has been using satellite imaging to locate illegal boreholes and agricultural zones, which he then reports to

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17. How Water Runs Our Urban Lives | How Cities Work | Spark

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Duration 50:00
Date Published October 30, 2019
Views 791968+
Channel Spark

This episode reveals a look at how cities across the world provide water to billions of people - a challenge that becomes more and more complex with every passing year. Over half of the world's population live in cities, a figure that's set to rise by two thirds by 2050. Each city's infrastructure is under pressure to provide for an ever-increasing population. This series looks at the ingenious engineering that enables cities across the globe to function. Subscribe to Spark for more amazing science, tech and engineering videos - https://goo.gl/LIrlur Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SparkDocs/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spark_channel/?hl=undefined

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18. Indonesia: Bali's water dilemma - Founders Valley (8/10) | DW Documentary

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Duration 26:01
Date Published December 18, 2017
Views 30276+
Channel DW Documentary

This episode of Founders’ Valley takes Fridtjof Detzner to Bali. He learns about the value of and struggle for water on this beautiful Indonesian island. This documentary series won the Bronze World Medal in the Documentaries category at New York Festivals 2018. Congratulations to the team! 🙂 Part 1 - Mongolia: https://youtu.be/LhiuA71tF5Y Part 2 - Hong Kong: https://youtu.be/o5eaKtRxsA8 Part 3 - Taiwan: https://youtu.be/9yTnB72658A Part 4 - Malaysia: https://youtu.be/OyBIFSQmKt4 Part 5 - Singapore: https://youtu.be/_yruBeRM6yc Part 6 - Indonesia: https://youtu.be/MMIABcbEIGg Part 7 - Bangladesh: https://youtu.be/wQ-LIjenrxw Part 8 - Indonesia: https://youtu.be/sclwgAXiHhI Part 9 - India: https://youtu.be/_Ud-guTCP_c Part 10 - India: https://youtu.be/7MVI7Ne9PQI Founders Valley

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