What do the drought and water crisis mean for Altadena? On Thursday, Feb. 20, Altadena Heritage is sponsoring a free screening of the award-winning movie Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Infrastructure, followed by a brief discussion of local issues. This “movie night” — to be held at the Altadena Community Center from 7 to 9 pm — will feature refreshments (including fresh-popped popcorn!) and is the second in our ongoing water-education series that kicked off last September with the Devil is in the Details panel discussion by local water experts.

Water infrastructure plays a critical role in protecting public health, promoting economic prosperity, and ensuring a good quality of life. Unfortunately, many of these complex systems are aging, neglected, and in need of national and local attention. Whether the challenges call for immediate action or require long-term planning, communities throughout the country — including Altadena — are facing big financial hurdles and the serious consequences of an aging water infrastructure.

Liquid Assets provides an accessible and highly relevant overview of our nation’s water infrastructure, including the state of wastewater and stormwater systems, and a segment on Los Angeles. A short discussion after the film will further localize the concerns it raises and connect them to our situation in Altadena. Now that we’re facing a record drought, it’s critically important to educate ourselves so we can make the decisions needed to ensure safe and effective water systems for the future.

We hope you can join us for this informative screening and discussion!