Tuesday, May 18, 2021


 The upset over the line 5 pipeline has got me wondering about water. I went on youtube to search about line 5 and one of the things said there intrigued me. 

The lady said the Great Lakes combined hold about 21% of the freshwater supply of the entire world. 

Holy crap. 21% of the entire fresh water supply of the entire world. 

So that got me to looking further, and I found another place that said the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Baikal in Russia. They said it contains approximately 1/5 of the worlds fresh water supply.

Imagine that. 40% of the worlds fresh water is located in 2 countries. Unbelievable.

Then I found a site that sort of refutes that. It says Brazil has the most fresh water at 12%,  then russia, usa, canada, then china.

So who to believe? I don't know. 

Where do you get your freshwater from? Mine comes from community wells, with about 1000 or so connections on the system.  Our water here is not treated, it comes directly from the well to the system. Some of the wells we have are shutdown due to water quality issues.

So. Water is the lifeblood of everyone. I think it would behoove everyone to start researching where their water comes from, how it's treated(if it is), and tell all your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Here are some of the pages I visited:

Great Lakes

Which Country Has The Most Water?

Facts and Figures about the Great Lakes


  1. Since the Great Lakes are shared by the US and Canada that may confuse the issue.

  2. Since the Great Lakes are shared by the US and Canada that may confuse the issue.

  3. Since the Great Lakes are shared by the US and Canada that may confuse the issue.

  4. As long as there's enough to keep the beer supply going nothing else matters.

  5. This part of Florida gets it's water from the Floridan Aquifer, one of the largest natural aquifers in the country.

    1. How deep do your wells average? Here locally we are at about 400+ feet.

    2. It varifes greatly here, but if I'm not mistaken, it's as shallow as around 60+ feet and deeper. Luckily we have a sand and gravel layer here because the main aquifer in this part of Florida tends to be mineral laden and a bit salty.
      It'a a pretty friggin big stash of water. I think they said it ranges from 1000 to about 2500 feet thick.
      We DO have a few natural springs scattered throughout the state where it breaches the surface. Very clear and VERY cold springs.

  6. I wonder if the Brazil number is flow-rate i.e. cubic meters per year and the Great Lakes/Lake Bwhatever is sitting still.

    The Great Lakes do not have that big of a basin, it takes a while for them to turn over.

    1. I think you have a good point. The article says 70% of Brazils fresh water is in the amazon, which i suspect is a lot of creeks and rivers.