Since Canada’s water is not for sale, those changes must come from “within”,
if the U.S.A. is to become fresh water self-sufficient.
water is “more precious than gold” – and we are now seeing how true that is,
the time has come when we must all start paying true value. This will be
accomplished when every home, farm, business and institution is metred with
appropriate (true/unsubsidized) costs being applied per cubic metre (foot). Whether
water comes from a municipal supply, a surface or groundwater aquifer, this
must apply equally to urban and rural situations, since we all ultimately
receive our water from the same source. Where supplies are seen to be less than
self-sustaining (as with many aquifers), the price will rise accordingly.
More than any other single action, this will serve to drive home the message that we can no longer take fresh water for granted. Like it or not, we will be “forced” to conserve. Following is a thought provoking idea from Kenny Hawley of Vancouver British Columbia. The advancement of desalinization technology, utilizing free, unlimited solar power, could not only provide plentiful fresh water, but has the advantage of withdrawing toxics, while at the same time making useful compounds available for recycling. There must be many more such innovative concepts “out there”, and we would welcome the opportunity to share them through this website.
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