Myth: Canada Has an Almost Endless Supply of Water

Many believe that Canada is immune to the global water crisis because of the widely quoted fact that the country possesses 20% of the world’s freshwater supplies. Not quite accurate, according to Rob de Loe, professor and Canada Research Chair in water management at the University of Guelph, who says that “twenty per cent is so misleading because a lot of it we can’t use”.

According to Loe, a more precise representation of the water available to Canadians is water we actually use: the rainfall and snow melt which replenish the water system each year. Canada receives 6.5% of the world’s renewable water supply every year, but about 60% of that actually flows north to the Arctic, shrinking that number down to about 2.6%.

Source: Ottawa Sun