Tapped Documentary Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Tapped' is a 2009 documentary by directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey about the bottled water industry. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.


Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey's documentary 'Tapped' teaches students about the bottled water industry and its long-term consequences. The questions in this asset will guide classroom discussions about this film.

Water Supply

The questions in this section explore the issues related to the corporate take over of the water supply.

  • It is estimated that there will be a major shortage of drinking water by 2030. What are some of the reasons for the shortage? Why is corporate control of the water supply a problem?
  • Why is water such a valuable commodity?
  • When Nestle moved in to Fryeburg, Maine, what changes did they notice? How is absolute dominion over water mining of ground water obtained? What benefits do communities receive when a large corporation takes control of their ground water supply? What challenges do the citizens face as a result of water mining? What strategies have citizens used to fight back?

Environmental Concerns

This section contains questions that will lead students to explore environmental concerns related to the bottled water industry.

  • How do changes in the global climate affect the water supply? In the midst of the drought in the Southeast, how did the Pepsi and Coca-Cola Corporations respond? What water restrictions have been placed on citizens? Should restrictions be placed on the corporations? Why?
  • The increased use of plastic bottles is harming natural bodies of water. What is the corporate responsibility for taking care of the bodies of water from which they draw their resources? Who pays for cleaning up lakes, rivers, streams, and beaches? What are some factors that influence recycling? What do you think is the best solution? Why?
  • Plastic bottles are made from para-xylene. How is the manufacturing of plastic bottles related to the oil industry?
  • The manufacturing process contaminates the air, soil, and groundwater. What are the health implications for people who live near the refineries? What is the economic impact to local communities? What potential health problems are posed to consumers who drink from plastic bottles?


This section contains questions about the regulation of water.

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