What Can We Do About Water Pollution and Over-Use?
Despite the perception of Canada as a “water wealthy” nation, our rivers, lakes, and groundwater sources face pressures from pollution as well as from over-use. Toxic effluents released into waterways—whether from agricultural runoff, tailings ponds from mines, or other municipal and industrial wastewater—have major implications for ecosystems and also for human health and economic activity. Appropriate water pricing policies can encourage less water pollution in Canada, leading to healthier lakes, rivers and streams.
Why Price Water?
Free or inexpensive water can lead to over-consumption, putting pressure on our supplies and our ecosystems. Water pricing can create important incentives for water conservation. Similarly, user-fees for waste-water treatment and municipal infrastructure can help cities provide access to the safe, clean water everyone needs.