Ow, ow, ow, when I hear people brag about how much water Canada has, I often bang my head on the wall - poor, poor wall.

Within Canada there is a wide-spread perception that Canada’s water sources are high in quantity and pristine in quality. This perception has leaders in the science and political community alike, stating things such as “we must start planning for the future when we will face water shortages”. This is False.

TODAY, Canada regularly has areas of the country in drought every year. With global climate change the extreme weather variations from floods to droughts make things that much more difficult to manage. Canada has annual disasters related to water management (Winnipeg floods, Calgary floods, Quebec floods, Ontario floods) that are costing the country billions of dollars.

Other aspects of water management often overlooked or with misconceptions include:
·        Location of fresh water (majority within Canada is in the North - not accessible),
·        Water flow (majority of fresh water flows northwards - not easily usable),
·        River sources (majority of Western Canadian Rivers utilize glaciers as a source which are aggressively depleting every year),
·        Clean water reserves (supplies are being converted to dirty water reserves due to new pollutants, failed wells between aquifers, high mixing with salt/phosphates/suspended solids, etc),
·        Consumption (is growing exponentially, human society growth and business growth demands it).

The SK Water Recovery Consortium is planning to make a difference and about to get some wings, stay tuned :)