06 May '11, 12am

Let's not take our abundance of clean water for granted

Let's not take our abundance of clean water for granted

If you're reading this in Canada, chances are good that you can go to your kitchen and pour yourself a glass of cold, clean drinking water straight from the tap. If you've had a stressful day, you can run yourself a nice warm bath. That's not the case in some parts of the world, where a woman may have to walk many kilometres with her children just to fill a bucket with murky water, which she must then carry back over the parched landscape. Canadians who have travelled outside of the tourist resorts in nearby Mexico know that abundant and clean water is never taken for granted there. In the U.S., climate change is expected to reduce flows in major rivers , including the Rio Grande and Colorado, by as much as 20 per cent this century, according to an Interior Department report . With an increase in droughts over the past several decades, these areas are already experiencing ...

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