Monday, March 22, 2010

Thoughts on World Water Day

"Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink."  Remember the Rime of the Ancient Mariner?  Canada, I believe, has more freshwater than any other country on earth - an enviable position to be in.  Yet people died drinking the water in Walkerton.  Think about your water.  Where does it come from?  Are you sure?  What is upstream from your water source?  Do you trust it right out of the tap or do you have one of those tap attachments?  Do you only drink bottled water?  Did you know that a certain bottler of water in Calgary uses 2.5 litres of tap water to produce 1 litre of bottled water?  Seeing as how Calgary's tap water meets all standards for drinking water, should they pay more for the "raw material" because they're wasting it?  In many parts of the world almost anything is safer to drink than water - think about that.  (W.C. Fields famously preferred alcohol to water, leading to a rather pithy quote about the latter - something about fish copulation as I recall.)  And what about irrigation water loss?  How many times have you seen those automated irrigation pivots squandering water all over some nearby road or ditch in addition to watering the crop?  Finally, if we're wasting so much water when the rest of the world is so short of it, should we be investing in water equities?