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Drinking Water Week 2012

May 8, 2012 1 comment

Drinking Water Week 2012When it comes to clean, safe drinking water every drop counts. Currently, 86% of Canadian households enjoy their water directly from a municipal water source, having access to 7% of the world’s renewable freshwater while 1 in 7 people worldwide lack for safe drinking water.

Additionally:

  • The water industry is a $400 billion global industry, the third largest behind electricity and oil.
  • We in North America consume 100-175 gallons per day (per person) while Africans use 5 gallons per day (per FAMILY).
  • In developing countries, 80% of diseases are caused by unsanitary water.

May 6-11, 2012 is Drinking Water Week. It’s a good opportunity to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to have easy access to safe drinking water. It is also a good time to renew our commitment to water conservation to ensure we continue to have it for ourselves and our children (and their children…).

There are many resources available online that detail ways individuals, groups, industries and municipalities can save water or stretch their water budgets further. Please set aside some time this week to search some that work for you. To start you off, here is a link to the Alberta WaterPortal’s list of water savvy apps for your smartphone. There are 48 apps listed with apps appropriate for children, adults, students, water professionals and even for the hardcore angler.

[Sources: Stats Canada, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Alberta WaterPortal, Blue Planet Network]

Worldmapper Maps

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered about which countries used the most domestic water? Or industrial water?  Or maybe you’re in the wastewater end of the industry and wanted to know which countries produced the least sewage sludge?

If you are interested for your own sake or wish to find an efficiently mapped diagram illustrating these types of values for your next presentation, try Worldmapper.

Worldmapper contains almost 700 maps illustrating world rates on resources, manufacturing, income, violence (and a surprisingly large number of maps on death…). I found at least a dozen on water or sewage.

The map below provides an example of their world map for Water Use (map #104). You can also obtain a pdf poster version. The different colours are used to identify geographical territories (and are consistent for all maps to facilitate comparisons) while the size represents the quantities of water usage for each territory. The pdf version also includes a smaller image of the land area map for reference.

For partners in fuel producing industries, there are maps for you (#109-120). There are also maps on gas, coal and crude petroleum imports/exports, if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s definitely worth having a look.

And did I mention it’s free?

NOTE: Image is copyright SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).