THE FANTASY OF ENDLESS WATER SUPPLY IN CANADA
Journal: Journal of Water Resources (JWR)
Author: Leigh Brooks
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This paper seeks to outline the condition of Canada’s true water circumstances, its major issues, and recommendations for improvement. Canada indeed does have significant water resources, but a lack of awareness as well as Canada’s government’s perpetual political fragmentation place the country’s water security in peril. After this brief study of the state of the water resources and policies in Canada, the “myth of water abundance” ought to be discredited: half of the water supply that Canada does have is largely inaccessible by the majority of its population; and mismanagement, poor infrastructure, and a wasteful mentality cause the rest of Canada’s renewable water to be severely overused. In addition, Canada is losing much of its water through virtual means as well as being increasingly threatened by climate change. Finally, as we have seen, Canada’s water supply is being coveted by the United States, and Canada is clearly unable to defend itself politically, economically, or militarily.