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Do we have to live on imported water by 2050?

By 2025, it is expected that the daily per capita availability will be just 25%

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Publish Date: Apr 22 2016 2:28PM | Updated Date: Apr 22 2016 2:28PM

Do we have to live on imported water by 2050?

 Don’t be shocked if a nation is forced to import drinking water by 2050.

 
According to ‘The Times of India’ report, groundwater stock is expected to reduce to 3,120 litres per day by then.
 
A data shows that currently, going by figures in 2001, daily per capita groundwater availability in country has come down to 5,120 litres, which is about 35% of the 14,180 litres in 1951. 
 
In 1991, it was less than half of 1951 stock. By 2025, it is expected that the daily per capita availability will be just 25% of the base year.
 
A Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) study has warned of reduction to 22 percent by 2050.
 
The reducing water under your feet is sign of vanishing rainwater harvesting with ponds, lakes and wells, poor awareness, and reduced green cover, say experts.
 
A CGWB master plan to artificially recharge groundwater said: "Rapid development and use of groundwater resources for varied purposes has contributed, though, in expansion of irrigated agriculture, overall economic development and in improving the quality of life in urban India, the groundwater, which is the source for more than 85 per cent of rural domestic water requirements, 50 per cent of urban water requirements and over 50 per cent of irrigation requirements of the country, is depleting fast ."