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Monday, March 17, 2003

The British Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has released a Water Poverty Index in which water efficiency was classified together with drinking water, water resources, the country's ability to buy water, and the environmental impact of water policies, to produce a complete "water poverty index."

The index was compiled to "demonstrate that it is not the amount of water resources available that determine poverty levels in a country, but the effectiveness of how you use those resources", explained Caroline Sullivan, leader of the team that compiled it.

In summary the US, with 23,000 golf courses (frequently located in "water-stressed" portions of the country), was judged to be the most wasteful water user... Haiti came bottom overall due to land clearance policies that have devastated their water infrastructure... whilst Finland, Canada + Iceland were judged to be the wisest users of their water resources.