Wonderful Water, Weighty Concerns

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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 - Canadian Rockies"

Fresh water stored in ice form - Yoho National Park

"Birkenhead Lake - north of Whistler"

Birkenhead Lake - north of Whistler

"The Bowron Lakes in British Columbia"

The Bowron Lakes in British Columbia

"The Northwest Territories from the air -dotted with lakes"

The Northwest Territories from the air - dotted with lakes

"Garibaldi Lake and glacier, British Columbia"

Garibaldi Lake and glacier, British Columbia

"Lake Superior - it has the largest surface of any lake in the world"

Lake Superior; it has the largest surface of any lake in the world

"Lake Okanagan"

Lake Okanagan - wine country with dry hills

"Surrounded by Lake Ontario - at the southern tip of Point Pelee Island"

Surrounded by Lake Ontario - at the southern tip of Point Pelee Island

"Lillian Lake, Kananaskis Country"

Lillian Lake, Kananaskis Country

"Chain Lakes and snowfields, Kananaskis Country, Alberta"

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"

This dribble of river is the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border

"Victoria Falls, from the Zambia side"

Victoria Falls, from the Zambia side

"Lake Como, Italy"

Lake Como, Italy

"Mountain runoff in Chamonix"

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"

Lake Bermajales, Andalusia, Spain

"The city of Buffalo sitting on the shores of Lake Erie"

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.

Leigh McAdam

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