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Israel..a water power.

Back in the 1930’s British economists put it out there that the Jewish and Palestinian area that is now Israel had enough water to support a maximum 2 million people. So how does an area that is 60% desert, with a population increase of 10x since 1948 become a water exporter. The have enough water to export water to the Palestinians and Jordan. As well ,Israel exports billions of dollars of peppers, tomatoes, melons and other water intensive produce.

How did Israel do this? Early leaders recognized the importance of water. Centralized water planning was instigated, water prices were real, regulators were appointed, the citizens were educated to conserve, they desalinated sea water, drip irrigation was instituted, and all sewage was treated and recycled for the crops.

…and so a water power was born.

Being in a relatively arid area help people in the area be aware of water issues going back a long way. In the Mishnaic and Talmudic periods water laws developed pertaining to the specific ownership of wells, rules regarding public water pipes, canals, and reservoirs. Rights of travelers to water holes was dealt with, pollution at water holes was not allowed, sewage must be kept away. It sounds like the people who live in the present day Israel were primed for centuries as to the crucial importance of water as a resource.


Against the odds, with a growing population, growing economy,and a drop in rainfall Israel has become a world leader in water management. Unlike some of their neighbors they do not have a water crisis.


Certainly there are concerns as most wells are used for drinking water and irrigation. There is a fear that as waste water is returned to the fields, over time it makes the earth salinated and causes a drop off in agriculture.

Nunavut get $230 million for upgrades.

To improve drinking water and waste water systems in Nunavut the Federal and Territorial  Governments  are investing $230 million. Nine projects across nineteen Nunavut communities will receive the funding to make upgrades to their water , waste water, and solid waste systems. 

The investments will be in green infrastructure, protecting the environment, supporting local economic opportunities, improving family income and quality of life for those living and working in the North. 

Federal officials will be going to Nunavut to establish the priorities with the various territorial and community leaders. In Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet, and Sanikiluak storage capacity, and enhancing water treatment and distribution are the main issues. Kugaaruk and Kimmirut require upgrades to the waste water system are required. Grise Fiord, Gjoa Haven, and Igloolik need  better waste management and recycling services. 

The federal gov’t is supplying $170 million and Nunavut $58 million.


6 Reasons To Drink Water

Drinking water is essential to your health. Water is a nutrient your body needs that is available in plain water or foods and fluids. Loss of fluids are occurring continuously through the day, from evaporation through the skin, breathing, urine or in your stool. These losses must be replaced daily to maintain good health.

Let’s take a look at 6 reasons to make sure you are drinking enough water.

1. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of bodily fluids. We are about 60% water and need this amount to function in an optimum fashion. Less and our bodily systems tells us we are thirsty. More and we need to urinate.

2.Water helps control calories. Substitute water for high calorie fluids.

3. Water helps energize muscles. When muscle cells don’t have enough fluid they do not perform as well.

4. Water helps skin look good. Dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkled. This can be avoided with proper hydration.

5. Water helps your kidneys. Kidneys cleanse and rid the body of toxins as long as your intake of water is adequate. If you are getting enough fluids your urine should be clear and free of odor.

6. Water helps to maintain normal bowel function. good hydration keeps thing running smoothly in your gastrointestinal track..and helps prevent constipation.

Bottled Water Now More Popular Than Soda

Out of the USA, we have it that water has overtaken pop in popularity, but some feel it is worth highlighting the hidden cost in terms of plastic bottles.

Bottled water consumption last year hit 39.3 gallons per person vs pop consumption of 38.5 gallons per person. This is the first time bottled water has beat out pop.

Consider that per capita consumption of pop drinks was over 50 gallons in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Soda is still more expensive with sales of 39.5 billion vs 21.3 billion for water. The decline for pop sales has been on a steady decline since 2003.This comes with the highlighted concerns of sugary beverages and the links to obesity and diabetes. Scares from possible water contamination also helped bottled water sales.

As for the makers of Coke and Pepsi don’t be to worried as they are also owners of Dasani and Aquafina…two of the largest brands of bottled water. They are in the game.



Cape Town water shortage…

Here is some water news out of Cape Town , South Africa.

Water usage must come down immediately by 100 million litres per day. Dam storage levels are at 20.7%, with the last 10% not really usable…so really there is only 10.7% left. The city has a consumption target of 600 million litres per day, but is 93 million litres a day over that target.

On Monday the drought stricken Western Cape area was declared a disaster area by the Premier. Everyone is being asked to keep their water usage to 100 litres per day. Cape Town is experiencing the effects of climate change, with reduced rainfall and abnormal water patterns. No significant rainfall is expected in the next three weeks.

Since the implementation of the water restrictions Cape Town’s call centre and first line responders have been inundated with calls about water faults and leaks. 75 new staffers have been brought on to increase response time to the some 800 calls per day.

With the call to restrict water usage some people have already reduced their consumption to less than a third of what it used to be….while others have decided their needs are more important than everyone else’s.

Residents are encouraged to use water solely for cooking , drinking and washing, and only flush the toilet when necessary. Shorter showers are also encouraged. Don’t run the water to brush teeth, shave, and drink. Wait for a full load before doing laundry or the dishes.

Everyone is urged to check for leaks on their property. A leaky toilet wastes 2600 to 13,000 litres per month. A leaky tap between 400 and 2600 litres a month

Every single water user must get down to 100 litres per person per day. This is non negotiable.

So this is the state of affairs in that part of the world when it comes to water. As Ottawa recovers from an overflowing Ottawa River, another part of the world suffers from a drought.

Water in Italy

To help understand the water situation in Italy let’s begin in the Alps. Global warming effects precipitation in the Alps,as well as snow and rain , and the timing of the snow melt. An overall decrease in the snow pack has been observed in the 20th century at low and mid level ranges. Trends are less significant at the higher ranges. The changes affect stream flow in the mountains with a general trend toward an earlier snow melt.

With respect to water access Italians are pretty good with 100% of city dwellers and 97% of rural dwellers having access. 70% of the population has access to sanitation. Water is becoming a social and economic emergency in Apulia, Basilicata, Sicily , and Sardinia due to increasing demand and lack of management. Decreases in precipitation will make things worse , with  possibly a 25% increase in stress on the water supply this century.

The expected impact of climate change in southern Europe will be affecting the quantity, quality, and over all availability. This means more droughts can be expected. Also, it is noted the groundwater resources are dwindling , recharging in not happening to the degree it once did.

Southern Italy is having more trouble meeting demand. with droughts and increase in demand, especially from farms…irrigation becomes even more problematic. Economic damage to agriculture , especially in the Po Valley could become extensive.

So with respect to water stress in the coming years, Italy may face….

  1. an increase of stress on the water supply by 25% this century.
  2. socio-economic emergency in some specific areas.
  3. reduced water supplies affecting drinking water, irrigation in the Po Valley , and less water for power generation.
  4. increased soil dryness and drought.
  5. water quality depletion.
  6. conflicts over the multiple uses of water.
  7. navigation of lakes and rivers becomes more difficult due to lack of water.

Nat Geo and Water Aid India Team Up.

Lack of access to good drinking water is the reality for millions of people in India, something that National Geographic and Water Aid India are trying to solve with the launch of Mission Blue. With the help from top Bollywood talent the aim is to raise awareness of water scarcity, and how small acts of conservation on a daily basis can be very helpful to secure safe ,clean water for future generations.


Mission Blue will see Nat Geo air documentaries and television specials highlighting the water issues facing India. Several big Bollywood heavy hitters lend themselves to direct short films, available on the Mission Blue website, the show how water scarcity affects the local people’s daily life. Farhan Akhtar, serves as the face of the campaign. National Geographic will also air , Parched, an acclaimed 3 part documentary discussing the environmental and political causes of water problems around the world.

Another innovative way Mission Blue’s website does to engage viewers is to offer them the opportunity to interact with the site to measure their own water usage footprint, and gives different ways to reduce water usage.

In India alone there are 76million people who lack access to clean drinking water. Numbers that will only get worse if no action is taken. Mission blue is hopeful that their initiative will help enlighten people as to the benefits of collective action.

There is also an initiative with Water Aid India for MissionBlueMySchool which provides water to a school in Delhi, which currently relies on tanker trucks to provide the needed water. The initiative with Nat Geo and Water Aid India is to provide piped in water to the 2,500 students ,as well as coolers, filters, and a rainwater harvest system.