Maybe we should be taking care of our water

Maybe we should be taking care of our water by Robert Warren, March 1, 2014, Lethbridge Herald
A recent documentary stated “Canada has not signed the United Nations Covenant on the right to water.” Economics, maybe? Don’t know. In this documentary, the Montreal Economic Institute wants to set the stage for shipping water from Quebec to other places. Marcel Boyer, senior economist and vice-president for the institute, says water might be sent in ships, like oil, or maybe bags filled with water, towed by tugboats. Mr. Boyer went on to say there could be huge profits in this and maybe 50 per cent of the profit could be sent to Africa to help them develop more water resources. Does anyone truly believe a company, or in this case municipality, is going to give up 50 per cent of its profit? I wonder.

Also, the United States, in places, is experiencing one of its worst droughts and underground aquifers are at very low levels; don’t you think places like Las Vegas should turn off their fancy fountains first? Not to mention limiting growth?

I lived in Northern California during the drought in the late 1970s; we were instructed on how and when to flush our toilets. People were bringing in truckloads of water so they could keep their pools filled. It was their “right,” of course, to have swimming pools during this drought. Why not pipe their water from their East Coast to their areas of drought? Yeah, that’ll happen.

The documentary also reported the oilsands near Fort McMurray has 11 million litres of contaminated water sitting in ponds. In the next couple of years there will be up to nine million barrels of poisoned water a day. From the morning news on Feb. 4: “Study shows oilsands is two to three times more polluting than originally reported.” Surprise!

The world’s water is finite; there is no more to be bought or stolen from anyone, anywhere. Will the next war be over water? Will big business end up selling us water? Oh wait, they are! The rich and powerful are still at the helm of our Titanic, and they say “Full speed ahead.” They can afford water. [Emphasis added]

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