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Water management: North America’s next major priority

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Depending on where you live, water scarcity can seem like a far-removed problem. Something that occurs in another part of the world. 


In actuality, there are thousands of North American counties that are dealing with water shortage at an increasing rate. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that more than 1,100 U.S. counties face water shortages. Of those, 400 are in the “extreme risk” category, representing a 14x increase over previous estimates.

The Canadian Prairies are also facing water scarcity; residents in Saskatchewan are wondering where their water will come from when the Rocky Mountain glaciers are gone. Even communities in the Great Lakes Basin are drawing up plans to plumb pipes and tap the lakes.

As regions across the northwestern hemisphere anticipate hotter and dryer seasons due to climate change, water supplies will likely be less abundant and less reliable. When you couple that with water demands for landscaping, agricultural irrigation and industrial processes—not to mention population growth and urbanization—it seems water will become the new oil.

At Hamilton Kent, we believe water management is one of the most important priorities our communities should have.

That’s why one of our focuses is on offering a suite of watertight infrastructure products used in water conveyance.

If water is becoming a scarce resource—which it is—we wantto make sure the water we do have is not wasted by leaking out of underground pipes.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE), leaking pipes lose an estimated 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water every single day—the equivalent of over 11,000 Olympic-size swimming pools!

It goes without saying that this is too much. More importantly, it’s completely unsustainable in a country where it’s estimated that we’ll experience water shortages equal to the needs of 4-12 million families of four by 2020 (ASCE).

Click here to learn more about our watertight products. Or contact us to talk more about how our underground infrastructure solutions can help to manage your water.