Water Facts

ALBERTA, CANADA AND THE WORLD

WATER USE BY SECTOR

The statistics for Canada and Alberta is taken from the 2010 Municipal Water Use Report by Environmental Canada with stats from a 2006 Municipal Water and Wastewater Survey. Links and more information on this report can be seen on the annotated bibliography. Alberta uses a lot more water residentially than in Canada and the world. The World statistics and Canada’s agricultural statistics is taken from the UN Water’s website, which can be seen here. (http://www.unwater.org/statistics_use.html)



FRESH WATER SURFACE AREA 1999

The statistical information in this table for Canada and Albert is from a 2010 Report by Statistics Canada titled, “Human Activity and the Environment”. This report can be seen in the Annotated Bibliography. The world information can be seen at the UN Water website here. (http://www.unwater.org/statistics.html).


WATER USE AND METERING RATES, BY MUNICPAL POPULATION 2006

A report card was written up in 2008 for 16 countries across the world about their water use. Canada ranked 15 out of the 16 countries, with only the U.S.A using more litres per capita. The statistics are taken from a 2000 survey. The entire report can be seen in the Annotated Bibliography. The information for Alberta and extra information for Canada is taken from the 2010 Municipal Water Use Report, which uses stats from 2006 and can also be seen in the Annotated Bibliography. In this study, Alberta sits in the middle for every aspect compared to the other provinces in Canada.


BOTTLE WATER CONSUMPTION

The information regarding Canada and the World and the amount of bottled water consumed per thousand cubic metres per year is from a report done in 2004. The greatest consumption, according to the report, is in the USA and Mexico. The Beverage Marketing Corporation provided the Data in 2005. The full table can be seen here. (http://www.worldwater.org/data20062007/Table10.pdf). The Alberta and Canada percentage information is from the “Households and the Environment” by Statistics Canada, which can be seen in the Annotated Bibliography.

ALBERTA AND CANADA

AVERAGE ANNUAL WATER YIELD

The statistical information in this table is from a 2010 Report by Statistics Canada titled, “Human Activity and the Environment”, which can be seen here. (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/16-201-x/2010000/aftertoc-aprestdm1-eng.htm).  The Prairies has the lowest water yield in all of Canada with a yield between 0.02-0.07m3/m2. The Pacific Coastal Region has the highest water yield with 1.54 m3/m2.



WATER SUPPLY 2007

The information compared in this table is taken from the 2007 “Households and the Environment” survey. The complete survey can be seen in the Annotated Bibliography. Alberta had the 3rd highest municipal water supply behind British Columbia (#1 with 91%) and Saskatchewan (90%).



INDOOR WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES 2007

This statistical information is taken from information in a 2007 survey of households by Statistics Canada. The complete table and Survey can be seen in the Annotated Bibliography. Alberta had one of the highest percentages for having a low-volume toilet and a clothes washing machine in the Country. Alberta also had one of the highest percentages for conserving water while brushing teeth and washing clothes.



TREATMENT OF DRINKING WATER BY HOUSEHOLDS THAT HAS A MUNICPAL WATER SUPPLY

This statistical information is taken from information in a 2007 survey of “Households and the Environment” by Statistics Canada. Some of the numbers in the table does not add up to 100 per cent because some respondents did not know or refused to answer the questions. The complete table and Survey can be seen in the Annotated Bibliography. Alberta had the highest rate of boiling water to drink in the Country, as well as the highest percentage of people in a province using tap water as their primary source of drinking water.



PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN WATER-BASED ACTIVITIES (15+ AGE) – 1996

This table showcases information from a Statistics Canada survey in 1996. More than a third of Canadians take part in water-based activities. Alberta sits relatively close to the national average for water-based activities. The information on this chart shows how healthy water sources deeply influence Canadians and the tourism industry in Canada. The full chart comparing all provinces in Canada can be seen here. (http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=BCC55AC6-1#recreation)

CANADA AND THE WORLD


FRESH WATER RESOURCES 2004

The information on this table is from a table by EarthTrends, using sources from the “Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)”, The “Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat”, and The “World Bank”. The Information was obtained by FAO in 2004. Definitions and the full document can be seen here. (http://earthtrends.wri.org/pdf_library/data_tables/wat2_2005.pdf) Canada has a high amount of renewable water resources per capita as well as all of North America.


REFERENCES/ LINKS

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-526-x/2009001/tablesectlist-listetableauxsect-eng.htm

http://www.ec.gc.ca/publications/596A7EDF-471D-444C-BCEC-2CB9E730FFF9/2010MunicipalWaterUseReportMunicipalWaterUse2006Statistics.pdf

http://www.watergovernance.ca/factsheets/pdf/FS_Drinking_Water.pdf

http://www.watergovernance.ca/factsheets/pdf/FS_Groundwater_Regs.pdf

http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=51E3DE0C-1

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/16-201-x/16-201-x2003000-eng.pdf

http://earthtrends.wri.org/pdf_library/data_tables/wat2_2005.pdf

http://www.albertawater.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=58

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/details/environment/water-consumption.aspx

http://www.worldwater.org/data.html

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/100913/dq100913b-eng.htm

http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=65EAA3F5-1

http://www.unwater.org/statistics.html