Water Brothers Season Four
Alex and Tyler Mifflin (a.k.a. The Water Brothers) are at it again, having launched their fourth season of water episodes on March 3 through TV Ontario.
The series of six episodes, airing Fridays at 7:00 p.m., explores how we can better protect water resources.
“One of the more interesting things that we did was to go underground and explore the sewers of Toronto,” said Tyler. “It was gross. I smelled for three days. But it gave me a whole new level of respect for people who work in wastewater and water treatment.”“We also visited with Barry Orr from the City of London,” said Alex.“Barry is a rock star in the water community, and he gave us a firsthand tour of some of the challenges that wastewater systems face across Canada.”
In their first episode of the season, entitled Flying Rivers, the two brothers journey across the Amazon rainforest to show the effects of deforestation on the water cycle and meet with innovative farmers and Indigenous communities who are trying to protect forests while maintaining high productivity.
“We got to fly across the Amazon through the flying rivers with this guy who helped spearhead the project to measure how the water moves across the rainforest and how these flying rivers are being changed and transformed a he forest is destroyed,” said Tyler.
“Trees transpire 90–99 per cent of what they take into their roots. It gets evaporated back into the air. Across the Amazon you have hundreds of millions of trees and they are all transpiring a tremendous amount of water—so much in fact that it is more water than flows in the Amazon River itself. There are rivers of atmospheric water vapour.”
Here’s the rundown on season 4:
March 3rd – 7:30pm on TVO – Flying Rivers – There is more water in the air above it than in the mighty Amazon. Tyler and Alex journey across the Amazon rainforest to show the effects of deforestation on the water cycle, and meet with innovative farmers and Indigenous communities who are trying to protect forests while maintaining high productivity.
March 10th – 7:30pm on TVO – The Big Leak – Across North America, approximately 30 per cent of all treated drinking water is lost to leaks in pipes before reaching our homes. Tyler and Alex venture into this hidden underworld and investigate what can be done to fix our aging water networks.
March 17th – 7:30pm on TVO – Ocean Spies – Tyler and Alex head to the South Pacific nation of Palau to document how illegal fishing is threatening local food security. They continue on to London, California and Hawaii to learn how drones and satellites can help developing nations like Palau establish low-cost methods for surveillance and enforcement.
March 24th – 7:30pm on TVO – On Thin Ice – Tyler and Alex explore the Athabasca glacier in Alberta to see how snowpack loss and glacial melt threatens the water supplies for millions of people. Next, they head to the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research centre in Northern Ontario where they determine how warming waters and reduced lake ice cover is harming freshwater ecosystems.
March 31th -7:30pm on TVO – More Food, Less Water – An astounding 70 per cent of all the freshwater that humans use is for agriculture and 60 per cent of that water is wasted. Tyler and Alex travel across North America to meet with farmers using innovative technologies to combat water waste in agriculture.
April 7th – 7:30pm on TVO – The End of Sushi – Tyler and Alex travel across North America to investigate the impact that sushi has on the health of our oceans and meet sushi chefs who are introducing customers to more sustainable seafood options.
All our episodes are available for free streaming across Canada, the day after they air on TVO here: http://thewaterbrothers.ca/