Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Water Use

Spring Floods in Lee Creek Naramata
With Climate Change are coming more floods and rain. Here the lakes are fuller so we seem to have plenty of water. But with increasing population we need more. The chief waste seems to be through watering gardens and through leakage from pipes.. We are only just starting water metering here in BC.
50% of our water is used in the garden in the summer, and 20% is lost to pipe leakage. Denmark seems to be the most frugal country using approximately 150 cubic meters, the US and Canada the worst at around 1700 cubic meters per person per year.
The cost of municipal water is 31 cents per cubic meter here, in UK it is $1.28, and in Germany $2.16.
In the house, 35% is used for showers or baths, 30% for flushing, 20% for laundry, 10% for kitchen and drinking, and 5% for cleaning.
Level control gates allow water from Okanagan Lake into the river at Penticton.

What a lot of water!  Makes a lot of noise too!
It may flood here, but in other parts of the world there are droughts and people are dying. Is this all due to driving more cars and burning coal? Al Gore thinks so......


Claudia Moser said...

I think that the intricacies of nature are not easy to understand. But there are some good points there!

Desiree said...

Weather patterns are definitely changing seemingly a lot faster right now than ever before. We're in the middle of winter with daytime temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius at the moment, quite unheard of for this time of the year. We have not had anywhere near our quota of rainfall and are preparing ourselves for water restrictions before the summer season hits us.

Lovely new header of Hanne in blue :)