Water is Life
How long could you survive without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking, but most people wouldn’t survive for more than 3 days without water to drink. After all, our bodies are made out of approximately 65% of water.
As of January 2015, at least 1,838 drinking water advisories were in effect in Canada.
Water shortages and unsafe water can lead to many problems. Food scarcity and crop failure, increased poverty and disease, ecosystem collapse, problems for industry, and increasing conflicts over dwindling supplies are among the many issues Canada could face.
Water conservation is the best way to ensure we have enough to go around. Recycling wastewater and reserving clean water for drinking, moving away from water-intensive agricultural practices, reducing water pollution and avoiding industrial activities that use excessive amounts of water are also important.
At the policy level, better supply and sanitation infrastructure and improved management are essential. Protecting natural assets such as forests and wetlands that purify and store water and reduce flooding will help, especially in light of expected increases in natural disasters as the world continues to warm. Of course, doing all we can to reduce climate change and its consequences is also crucial.
Getting a handle on water management and conservation concerns us all. It’s also about social justice, as the poor feel the brunt of negative impacts from water pollution and shortages.
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