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Lake Huron and Elgin Water Supply Systems

The Lake Huron and Elgin Water Supply Systems are separate systems that are conjoined to service a number of municipalities in Southwestern Ontario. The system operator is the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA)(reference).

Entering Survival Mode

Survivalism if it is an “ism” has been around for decades as a current societal meme practiced by many. We have become increasingly of such a persuasion. Fixing the world is a waste of time and money – it can’t be done. It’s like viewing a hurricane forming in the Atlantic. Most people will be unaware of it until it is 10 miles offshore; and nothing can be done to either prevent its formation or its development. The solution for New Orleans residents was not to board up windows as the storm approached but to move out of New Orleans long before Katrina formed.

In this post we try and identify where our Katrinas will emerge from and to develop a survival strategy. If you’re interested in participating in this project, write “water at digitaldoor dot net”. To prevent webcrawlers from harvesting this address, replace “at” with the ampersand and “dot” with a period. We lay out below, the structure of the project we are launching.

Water Wars

Of this theme, long predicted, but now emergent, we will start to cover. Currently, the issue is developing in California where water rights have a long history of legal assignment. Zero Hedge posted an article giving some background on the nature and history of water rights in In Unprecedented Move, California Farmers With Guaranteed Rights Cut Water Use By 25%.

Chronology of references and events:

The Perfect Storm

The Brookings Institute continued their series on Metropolitan America with the article Population surging in drought-stricken areas. Their observation is that the areas of greatest population growth are coincident with the areas of extreme drought. We reproduce their two maps below.

We have been following the drought aspect for over a year for California (read California is the Canary and the links within it) and Nevada (read Jeopardy Question: This Body of Water Determines the Fate of the Modern Day Anasazi).

The Global Water Problem

This is a widely discussed topic of which we have been peripherally aware. We have decided to start collecting references in the same manner as we are doing with automation and robotics (Robotics In the Labour Market). These are large transformative issues that will be major drivers of change in our society in the near future.

We have been tracking the drought in the US southwest. The latest essay is California is the Canary should have enough of a bread crumb trail that you can find out many previous essays on the topic.

The motivational article that prompted this post is from Zero Hedge: Jim Rogers On The Coming Water Wars. This gives a brief introduction to the problem. Below we have a chronology of references.

Eat your Broccoli Now

In Another Dry Essay we discussed the drought in California with a chronology of links to related articles through October 2014. We followed up in December with The U.S. South-West Drought Revisited.

Recently we checked the drought monitor and although the drought severity has dropped from most severe or D4 in the north and south it remains most severe for the central region of the state as seen in Figure 1. The table in the monitor with the corresponding data shows that as of March 3, 2015, 39.92% of the state was in the D4 category. A year ago the figure was 22.37%, almost half.

Industrial Expansion Will Strain Mexico’s Water Resources

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Summary

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth installment of an occasional series on water scarcity issues around the world that Stratfor will be building upon periodically.

Much like its northern neighbor, Mexico is not water scarce when viewed as a whole. But unequal water distribution has led to significant water stress in several parts of the country. Supply has been further strained by poor infrastructure, pollution and overuse — partly attributable to inefficient management and a growing population. Still, Mexico is positioned to experience significant economic growth because of its proximity to the United States and the likely expansion of its manufacturing sector as the country’s population increases.

Jeopardy Question: This Body of Water Determines the Fate of the Modern Day Anasazi

The answer is Lake Mead and the civilization that is about to disappear like the Anasazi is Las Vegas and its profligate life style.  We were motivated to write this essay, partly because it is a piece in the puzzle of a larger theme that we have begun on complex adaptive systems (CAS: The Operative Principle Behind Everything) and partly by this article from Zero Hedge: Las Vegas Is “Screwed”; The Water Situation “Is As Bad As You Can Imagine”. We first look at a few facts about Las Vegas. Then we look at Lake Mead and its importance to the region. Finally we look at the present state of affairs and Las Vegas’ future.

Another Dry Essay

Drought in the US is something we have been following for years. We have decided it’s time to capture the parameters of the subject. As with many articles we write, we use them for an ongoing chronology of a topic, something that could not have been easily done before the World Wide Web. The importance of this topic is that California feeds North America and California agriculture is based on irrigation. Anything that reduces agricultural output in California will send fresh produce prices skyrocketing. Food inflation then propagates through the economy as reduced expenditure everywhere else. This issue affects you directly.

Figure 1. Progression of the California drought, Jan. to May, 2014.

And the current situation:

Figure 2. Current California drought assessment (through Sept. 2014.)


Source: US Drought Monitor.

What follows is the chronology of articles with associated comment. We may at some point create a summary.

Israel’s Water Challenge

December 25, 2013

Israel's Water Challenge
Filters at the Ashkelon seawater reverse osmosis plant south of Tel Aviv in 2008. (DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Summary

Israel’s successful efforts to increase water security will lessen one of the country’s geographical constraints. But new sources of water are more energy intensive, and this could increase Israel’s short-term dependence on energy imports unless domestic energy sources are successfully developed.

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