This is the pump that Stan uses to irrigate his fields. Behind the house there is an irrigation trench. Basically, it's a man-made ditch that diverts water from the river Embudo to the small farms in this valley. Water from the Embudo flows into the ditch and downhill toward the farms. For those of you who are not into plumbing, I will cut to the chase: some farmers around here use flood irrigation, i.e. to irrigate their fields they flood them. Stan uses a system of hoses and drip lines. Thanks to the high-tech drip lines that run along his rows, Stan can irrigate his fields with the least possible amount of water. I asked him the other day how many farms the river Embudo could really support in this valley, and he told me that it could support more if everyone switched from flood irrigation to drip lines. Like I said, water is big in New Mexico.
The world can be a beautiful place, but if you think that there aren't massive corporate powers out there who care nothing for the livelihood of you, me, and our well being, you are completely naive. Too often, the people who fight and work for that which is just and good get labeled as political whackos. It is the case that we do get labeled, but it's not that case that we're whackos. The real truth is that there are a finite number of resources on this planet, and those resources belong to all of us. It is only through a complicated snafu of laws, power structures, and cultural indoctrination that rights to resources belong to those of us with the greatest ability to pay. That manipulation of mind is the greatest triumph of power there is. The wealth of the natural world actually belongs to all of us, but our laws, unfortunately, do not reflect this truth. Our laws reflect waste and greed. The only reason Dasani owns the water in that plastic bottle is because they put it in there. By buying that water, we confirm the law.