In “100 gallons,” a new online film from the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, viewers learn some intriguing facts about water.
A turd is 75 percent water, for instance.
The best-tasting water has a flavor resembling spit, for another.
And the average American consumes 100 gallons of water a day, the fact that gave the film its name.
Nine students at the journalism school spent 10 weeks producing the stories for the project, which launched Wednesday. The film examines the role that water plays in Americans’ lives.
Viewers explore the stories with a highly unusual navigation tool: a 2.5-minute video that, when paused, reveals stories related to the image on the screen at that moment.
Highlights of the film include the story of a New York City man who explores and photographs the city’s sewers, the tale of an Ohio woman who decides to sell her home when her neighbors sign up for gas drilling, and a look at the quest to find water in space.