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The Exportation of Fresh Water in Western Canada Fresh water is something that almost every human plant and animal needs to survive Unfortunately it is not distributed evenly throughout the world Canada with just one per cent of the global population contains over 40 of the worlds accessible fresh water which means that the water is not frozen in glaciers ice sheets or simply too far underground to reach In western Canada most of the water we use comes from lakes Vancouver for example gets almost all of its water from the Capalino reservoir using 1 billion liters every day On the other hand the United States is more even with 12 of the population and 17 of the worlds fresh water However American industries farms and households are drying up their reservoirs faster than they can be replaced In California the city of Los Angeles is facing a small water crisis as 4 billion liters of water are used by its citizens every day and supplies in May 2004 not yet the height of summerwere hovering around less than one-fifth of capacity One possible solution to this problem is for Canada to export or sell some of our water to the USA In the short term this would benefit both sides as our government would receive much-needed cash and the US would be tapped in to a source that would be reliable for many years to come Many ways of transporting the water have been suggested from a multi-billion dollar pipeline connecting Great Bear Lake in the Yukon to several US cities to towing by tugboat giant balls filled with water from Canada along the Pacific Coast Private companies have even tried unsuccessfully to bottle Arctic glacier ice water In the long term though there are some major problems Once the water begins flowing to our neighbours it may be difficult to ever stop it An international law could be passed that
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