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Summer Series – Sustainable Water

Summer is here and I’m taking some family time. I’ll be back later this week with more fresh content, in the meantime, check out this post from the past!

Having just returned from the BCWWA Conference in Whistler – and hearing the many stories of troubles, challenges, improvements, and interventions that water practitioners around BC are experiencing, it’s refreshing to hear stories of sustainability and progress. But despite this. its troubling to see that in the West – clean water is seen as a right for those who can afford it (the “Global North”) – yet for those who can’t (the “Global South”) well, too bad.

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The Western Problem

8019648_025c537c8c_m Things are heating up on the North American water front – with global warming, increasingly intense agricultural demands, and populations growing in areas that simply don’t have adequate water supplies. In my life-time, we will likely see whole cities run out of water in western nations such as America and Australia. Las Vegas draws water from Lake Mead, expected to dry up in 25 years or so. Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia is preparing to recycle effluent into drinking water. They simply do not have the water supplies necessary to sustain the city in dry times such as they are currently experiencing.

These are two examples of Cities that have been developed without a consideration for the sustainability of their water supply – and now they are paying the price.

Click here to read more of this post – Sustainable Water – Originally posted May 2008.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.