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A young boy walks for miles in search of drinking water in western Kenya. The precious liquid is in short supply, forcing many children and grandmothers to walk for miles.
Photo by Felix Masi, Voiceless Children

Clean Drinking Water for First Nations

“In a country as wealthy as Canada that is home to 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water, we can and we must ensure clean water for all. More than 90 communities under long-term drinking water advisories have been facing them for decades.

Imagine just for a moment not being able to turn on the tap to be able to get a glass of clean drinking water. Or having to worry every time you wish to bathe your children the water coming out of the tap would make them sick or give them a rash.”

Alaya Boisvert, David Suzuki Foundation
from Federal government urged to step up work for clean water in First Nations
Sunny Dhillon, The Globe and Mail, 2018.02.08

Reconciling Promises and Reality: Clean Drinking Water for First Nations – Report

Cape Town: What happens when a city of four million runs out of water?

Cape Town is in a race against time. Dams are draining. People and businesses face fines for wasting water. Construction companies are building desalination plants and a recycling centre, while drilling to access ground water.

South Africa’s second biggest city is going through one of the worst droughts in recent decades, with lack of rain and a surge in population rapidly depleting the municipal water reserves. In a few months, it could run out, bringing about what the city has apocalyptically dubbed “Day Zero”—when officials are forced to turn off the tap because there’s just not enough water left in the reservoirs to keep the system running.

If it happens, a city known for its rich and complex history, diverse population and lush national parks will start sending its four million residents to about 200 collection points, where each person will be allotted 25 litres of tap water per day. That’s just 10 litres more than the minimum amount the World Health Organization says people need to survive in an emergency.

Cape Town: What happens when a city of four million runs out of water?

We have reached a point of no return

Cape Town, one of the biggest cities in South Africa and a famed tourist attraction, is warning its residents that they will soon have to queue for water.

The drought-stricken city announced on Thursday that it will begin marking 200 collection points where its 3.7 million residents will be required to queue for a rationed supply of water on “Day Zero” – currently forecast to be April 21.

If it happens, Cape Town would become the first major city in the world to shut down entirely the supply of running water in all of its homes.

“We have reached a point of no return,” Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille told a press briefing on Thursday.

Geoffrey York
from Cape Town at risk of becoming first major city in the world to run out of water
The Globe and Mail, 2018.01.18

Cape Town residents become ‘guinea pigs for the world’ with water-conservation campaign

Cape Town is just a forewarning of a widening global trend. Cities from Brazil to Mozambique have been forced to ration their water supplies in recent years because of drought. More than half of the world’s largest 37 aquifers have declined since 2003, a study found. “If the current patterns of consumption continue unabated, two-thirds of the world’s population will be facing water shortages as a daily reality by 2025,” Bolivian President Evo Morales told the United Nations Security Council last year during Bolivia’s presidency of the council.

As climate change intensifies and water scarcity becomes more severe worldwide, Cape Town will be a model for other cities. Its water-management tools and techniques will be studied and adapted. This could be the world’s future, and Cape Town shows that it can be survived.

Geoffrey York
The Globe and Mail

The Sand Hills

The Sand Hills is a vast natural reservoir that supplies water to about a third of the continental United States and is the largest watershed ecosystem in the entire country but despite that it is through these Sand Hills that the TransCanada chose to build this pipeline.
From Wikipedia

TransCanada and KeystoneXL: The Money Pipeline

According to a study done by the US State Department, the number of permanent jobs created by the pipeline would not be 42,000 as TransCanada said. In fact there would be just 35 permanent jobs

The earthquake risk in Oklahoma is greater than anywhere else in the United States. Oklahoma earthquakes have increased exponentially, – a growing threat. In 2007, Oklahoma had just one earthquake over 3.0. In the past three tears the average is 700 3.0 earthquakes annually.

Experts say much of the problem is man-made. The earthquakes are the result of water being violently injected underground as part of the natural gas fracking process.

from The Fifth Estate
Canada’s premier investigative documentary program

About water

Has our need for oil become greater than our need for water? Fresh water has already become a scarce resource. We think of it as being infinite. But of the world’s total water supply only half of one percent is accessible fresh water. The oil sands mining operations use up to four barrels of fresh water to produce one barrel of oil. This water comes from the Athabasca river system which is fed from glaciers at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

Not only does the industry suck up large quantities of fresh water but it will soon produce more carbon emissions than all of Canada’s passenger cars combined. The oil produced by industry contributes to a cycle of consumption that accelerates climate change further destroying the very glaciers that feed this delicate cycle.

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Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

“Natural capital” refers to the earth’s natural resources and the ecological systems that provide vital life-support services to society and all living things. These services are of immense economic value; some are literally priceless, since they have no known substitutes. Yet current business practices typically fail to take into account the value of these assets — which is rising with their scarcity. As a result, natural capital is being degraded and liquidated by the very wasteful use of resources such as energy, materials, water, fiber, and topsoil.

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