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 litres 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.
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.
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.
What will you do today to lower your water use?