Water Exports

Publication, Energy, Daniel Klymchuk

Executive Summary

This backgrounder explores the idea of a water pipeline from the mouth of the Nelson River in Manitoba to the fast growing Southwestern United States. During the next few years, the price of water in the United States is expected to rise substantially, since the sharply higher price of new supplies will be shaped by the cost of desalination. Our business case suggests Manitoba has the potential to conservatively earn $1.33-billion (figures are in U.S. dollars unless noted otherwise) annually from the sale of just 1 per cent of the fresh water flowing into Hudson Bay. Earnings of this magnitude would end the province’s perennial have-not status.

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