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originally posted by: Vroomfondel
I live in the Chicago area. We already have Chinese tankers in the great lakes loading up on fresh water and taking it home. At least that's the story here. I haven't seen one myself so I can only repeat what I have heard...
If water was secretly being shipped, these sea-going freighters would need to be converted over from carrying dry cargo such as grain, coal, and iron ore to be able to carry liquids such as water. Using the example from Lake Superior, even if each ship could carry 2.5 million gallons of water in bladder tanks, it would take more than 10,000 ships a day leaving Lake Superior to equal the amount of water lost to evaporation in one day. This would create quite a traffic jam at the Soo Locks!