The Most Wasteful Country in the World Part 3
Ever hear of the Hydrologic Cycle? You know, It's that familiar cycle we all hear about as kids in school. It rains, the water runs off the land back into the ocean, the water evaporates due to sunlight, clouds form, it rains again, and the cycle continues. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
The water just spends all year going around in a big circle. Of course, there are always exceptions to how the cycle functions depending on the habits of the region's specific climate, but generally the cycle takes about a year to complete. I mean there's bound to be some differences in water function between places like the Mojave Desert and the Amazon Rainforest, right?
Thanks to this cycle, water is often viewed as a renewable resource, because it can't technically be destroyed by human activities. Whatever you do with your water it will end up back and once again be available to humans. The problem with water being "renewable" though it that water isn't always returned to us in a place that's easily accessible to us or in a quality that's safe for us to use.
Out of all the countries in the world, Canada ranks number 4 for countries with the most renewable water, containing about 7% of the all the world's freshwater. In contrast, the Canadian population only accounts of 0.5% of the world's population.
So some may think that with such a large water supply catering to such a small group of people that those people could get away with being a little less than aware of their water usage habits, but unfortunately that's not quite the case.
7% of the world's water sounds like a lot of freshwater, and it is, just under 3 billion cubic metres actually. But whe it comes to freshwater, Canada is a peculiar country. You see, about 85% of those 2,850,000,000 cubic metres flow north, emptying into the Arctic Ocean and Hudson's Bay.
So a good portion of this water is fairly inaccessible to most of the country's population who happen to live primarily along the country's extreme southern border - yknow, where it's the warmest possible climate while still technically being in Canada.
This unexpected dynamic actually leads to municipal water supplies, though still plentiful, to become overly stressed during drier times of year.
So does the sound of a leaky faucet bother you? I sure hope so. Go turn it off, because water is undoubtedly a very important resource that should be treated with respect. And it's not always as renewable as some might think. Mind your water, eh?
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