Water | VOL. 9, ISSUE 55, July-August 2009 |

Water Crisis and Rain Harvesting

The ecological consequences of drawing heavily on groundwater are grave. Deep aquifers are a vital link in the hydrological cycle because they release water slowly into rivers, lakes and wetlands in the dry season and soak up water to prevent flooding during the wet. Drawn critically, it would result in dried wetlands and river. Studies indicate that by 2050, more than 50 per cent of the Indian population may shift to cities, with water stress increasing manifold. Collecting rain however...

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