Learn: Interesting Facts
“All the water that will ever be is, right now.” —National Geographic, 1993
Alberta Water Facts
- While 80% of Alberta's water supply lies in the Northern part of the province, 80% of Alberta's water demand comes from the southern half of the province.
- Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world
- Approximately 40,000 cubic kilometres (km3) of groundwater exists in Alberta—enough to cover the entire province in about 60 meters of water
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Canada Water Facts
- Canada has 563 lakes having an area greater than 100 square kilometres.
- Approximately 60% of Canada's fresh water drains north, while 85% of the population lives within 300 kilometres of the southern border. Currently, there are 2921 active water level and streamflow stations being operated in Canada.
- Health problems related to water pollution in general are estimated to cost Canadians $300 million per year.
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World Water Facts
- Sanitation and drinking water investments have high rates of return: for every $1 invested, there is a projected $3-$34 economic development return.
- Around 3,800 cubic kilometres of fresh water is withdrawn annually from the world's lakes, rivers and aquifers. This is twice the volume extracted 50 years ago.
- Increased stress from (expanding populations, urbanization and climate change) on the world's water resources over the last 20 years has resulted in over 80% of countries reforming their water laws.
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