Bulk water sales have been attempted and banned around the world. As Sitka, Alaska adds another sales pitch to the pile, Circle of Blue looks at how deals have been done or done away with.
Some governments, responding to public concerns, have instituted bulk water bans. After several export attempts in the 1990s, Canada’s federal and provincial governments crafted laws to control the flow of water out of the country. But now Sitka, Alaska is seemingly well on its way to sending millions of gallons of water to India that will then be mostly distributed in the Middle East. Click on the following timeline to see information on North American bulk water sales, as well as bulk water blockages.
Brett writes about agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and the politics and economics of water in the United States. He also writes the Federal Water Tap, Circle of Blue’s weekly digest of U.S. government water news. He is the winner of two Society of Environmental Journalists reporting awards, one of the top honors in American environmental journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States(2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). He received the Sierra Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2018. Brett lives in Seattle, where he hikes the mountains and bakes pies. Contact Brett Walton