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Conserving water in Canada will require new collaborative government measures as consumption swells by as much as 96 per cent in some industries which means the country may have to charge farms and oilsands more for its use, a new report says.

While there are signs of improvement in water-use efficiency in most economic sectors and that is expected to hold steady to 2030 there are some "regional challenges," especially in areas where agriculture, and oil and gas are involved, says the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

"While a shortage of water is not an imminent issue facing Canada, the overall demand by the natural resource sectors is increasing," said round-table vice-chair Mark Parent.

"This represents an opportunity for Canada to get ahead of a future problem, and proactively take steps toward sustainable water governance and management."

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