“Our water isn’t nearly as secure as we think it is,” award-winning author Chris Wood recently told Water Canada. “We don’t have in place mechanisms to make it more secure, we don’t have mechanisms to know how to make it more secure.”

“We need to begin managing water on a holistic basis, and we need to have capacity to know how we’re managing water—that includes real-time monitoring of how much water there is, its condition, who is using it, and how they’re leaving it.”

In Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources, Wood and water policy expert Ralph Pentland explore Canada’s struggle to protect its freshwater resources. The book includes a review of decades of independent critiques, accompanied by stories of water management failures.

What’s the best way to protect Canada’s water?

Email kerry (at) watercanada (dot) net with your thoughts and be entered to win a copy of the book. Winners will be announced in the September/October 2013 issue. Contest is open to residents of Canada only and closes on Friday, August 23 at 12 p.m. ET.

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