Water Shortage

There is so many good blogs and I find it unfortunate that I won’t be able to read them all carefully. That being, in those I’ve read, I haven’t really seen any extensive discussion on water shortage. This topic is definitely one I have the most at heart and felt obligated to express myself on the subject. I’m making this blog short on purpose so people don’t get discouraged by the length and ignore it.
Why is this topic so dear to me?? Because for being Canadian and in the Canadian Forces, I will find myself right in the middle of this upcoming storm. We all know that Canada is inevitably going to be a world target for water supply shortly because of the enormous quantity of soft water we have. As Jeremy stated, if you think the wars for oil are bloody and cruel, we haven’t seen anything at all yet. Oil we can live without, not water. You’ve all seen what we can do to each other for a “nice to have” like pieces of lands or oil. Not a pretty picture at all. Now try to imagine how it will be when we fight for something we need to SURVIVE.
Canada won’t be a nice and quiet country for much longer. It has already started by the way… as discussed with another student, the United States are now trying to buy water from us. Want to have a glance at how fast the problem is coming?? Read this.
Please comment. I would appreciate having every nationality’s point of view on the subject. Any thoughts on how to tackle the problem??

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11 comments on “Water Shortage
  1. Michael says:

    I appreciate your points, Eric. I recognize that the my following point may be laughably over-simplified…but why aren’t we progressing the science of desalination as fervently as we exponentially increase the processing power of silicone microchips. I wonder if our best scientists and engineers could tackle this issue. Though currently expensive and time-consuming, desalination produces potable water and salt. Al Gore contests that the oceans are getting larger…and salt preserves food for longer transport. Sensible?

  2. Eric Rhéaume says:

    Very sensible Michael thanks for the input. My worry and the question I have though is this: Will we ever be able to desalinize water at the rate that we use it?? I’m thinking about the world population getting bigger and bigger, the list of countries experiencing water shortage getting longer…

  3. JM says:

    Ya Michael…so stay out of our territory….lol.
    Just kidding!
    Seriously…as Maslow’s hierchy is very clear on this subject, water is a very basic necessity that we need as man kind to survive. I would hope that our governments would see this one coming a mile away and plan accordingly (then again maybe I’m asking too much from them)…let’s not wait for the law of the fittest to win this battle…despite my strong sense of nationalism, I don’t think we can survive against the American’s. I think that our country has to initiate discussions on this subject immediately. Perhaps under the NAFTA umbrella our governments can begin those discussions….thoughts?
    Ps: Martin (and all the other Canadians) lets quite our current public service jobs and run for parliament…after all we are the leaders of the future in Canada to a certain extent…!
    Go Canada Go!!!!!

  4. adam says:

    Guys….I hope you recognize that increasing the salianation plants at the same rate is but a solution to a “symptom”….the real problem is the population growth as noted in the article….China and India need to curb this and FAST. I recognize that Canada and the US have their problems (i.e. energy use and pollution per capita), but I really really don’t understand why the Indian gov’t is not taking serious measures to address the population growth….hmmm….let’s do like the lemmings and continue to reproduce until we are forced to committ suicide….!!!!

  5. genevieve says:

    Let’s hope that our government will not go through negotiations on that matter with a cow boy attitude! Canadians are so used to see water everywhere they go.
    Even if I like the point raised by Adam (that some countries have to address their water supply problem), I wish that Canadians are making sure that all of us do not take our water supply for granted: I remember a time when my neighbours were washing their entrance way using water… And I am not that old. Attitudes and behaviours have changed for the better and, as citizens, we should make sure that our government stands for us.

  6. Martinlemalin says:

    I think in the cases of both Canada and the US, we have ample water ressources to satisfy everyone’s need…. you should see how much water is wasted in Las Vegas each to water those Golf courses in the middle of the desert. In Montreal, up to 30% of our pipes leak and waste water… there are many things that could be done before putting a pipeline between the finger lakes and New York

  7. chloe manzi says:

    martin,have a look on the following article / it is very usefull to learn how to reduce our own water consumption http://www.durham.gov.uk/durhamcc/usp.nsf/pws/sust+comms+-+reduce+water+consumption+2

  8. adam says:

    Gen….i liked your comment about Canadians washing their driveways…it’s SO TRUE, and seems ridiculous after our week on sustainable development….canadians would be hung in some places if people knew we were watering our laneways and “grass”….

  9. Thush says:

    This is a very interesting topic and thanks eric for initiating it. Having read the diverse comments coming from Canada and the U.S thought i will give the perspective from Sri Lanka, which is still very much a developing nation.
    Despite its economic constraints Sri Lanka is endowed with ample natural water resources. Like in Canada water is everywhere with the exception of the southern area. However, its quite disturbing to notice that with the ongoing war in Sri Lanka water has been used as BAIT to aggravate the situation.( Most of you might find this rather ironic but its a fact)
    For instance, recently there was a fight in the eastern district of Sri Lanka where the rebel party closed the sluice gates of a dam, depriving thousands of families, mostly from the ethnic Sinhalese majority, of irrigation and drinking water. In response, the government launched an air, sea and land operation to capture the dam. However, this led to the destruction of many crops and also water related diseases.
    Currently living in Australia i was disturbed to find that people are using water as a tool/excuse to fight but little do they realize that there will soon be a time when war is raged ‘for’ water which is a depleting resource in many countries. If Sri Lanka does encounter a sever drought/ water shortage,we will be in a critical condition with the current combination of economic and poiical instability.Its time we stopped taking things for granted.

  10. jeremy says:

    The comment about desalination plants addressing the symptom rather than the cause is a key point I think. Even with rising population, if we tried to manage our water supplies, rather than actively undermine them, this would be a good start.

  11. craig says:

    At least the southern part of Australia doesn`t have to worry too much about being invaded for water, just every other natural resource every other country needs.
    I actually believe energy resources will be the other resource that potentialy causes conflict. With energy you can create drinkable water. Of course those willing to go to war over resources are likely to be looking at short term issues so they will invaraible use destructive methods to sustain life in thier own countries…… for a short while at least.

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