Wonderful Water, Weighty Concerns
Today is World Water Day. And in Canada we’re lucky to have so much fresh water.
But we take our wonderful water for granted.
Canadians use an average of 329 liters of water a day per person (at least in 2009). That is nine times greater than that in the UK! and second only to the US in the developed world.
Today’s photos are all of lakes or rivers and just a reminder of how beautiful they make our world. And hopefully it’s a wake up call, that we all have a role in reducing water consumption.
Fresh water stored in ice form - Yoho National Park
Birkenhead Lake - north of Whistler
The Bowron Lakes in British Columbia
The Northwest Territories from the air - dotted with lakes
Garibaldi Lake and glacier, British Columbia
Lake Superior; it has the largest surface of any lake in the world
Lake Okanagan - wine country with dry hills
Surrounded by Lake Ontario - at the southern tip of Point Pelee Island
Lillian Lake, Kananaskis Country
Chain Lakes and snowfields, Kananaskis Country, Alberta
The Rio Grande is the fifth longest river in the United States. The river was anything but grande when we saw it last year. In fact you could have jumped across a six foot section and landed in Mexico. You can still canoe it but rafting the Rio Grande is becoming a much less viable option.
This dribble of river is the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border
Victoria Falls, from the Zambia side
Lake Como, Italy
Mountain runoff in Chamonix, France
Last fall we biked through Spain’s Andalusia region and observed the lengths the Moors went to back in the 8th century to develop irrigation. A trip to the Alhambra Palace in Granada showed us just how sophisticated they were. But unfortunately in the last six years rainfall has been dramatically diminished (not when we were there mind you) and in fact parts of Andalusia have masqueraded in movies as Saharan locales. Head over to the Costa del Sol, an area with pools and golf courses, and the water consumption is twice the national average per person per day! In fact people in the Costa del Sol region consume more water per person per day than any other European. That should give us all pause for thought.
Lake Bermajales, Andalusia, Spain
The city of Buffalo sitting on the shores of Lake Erie - one of the five Great Lakes
What will you do today to lower your water use?
Here is this week’s submission to Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox a website where Nanci offers a chance every Thursday for fellow travelers to post their favourite photos.
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