Population growth will reduce water availability in Pakistan

08:25, June 28, 2010      

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The per capita water availability in Pakistan will reduce to 877 cubic meters by 2020 from the 2010 level of 1,038 cubic meters when the country's population will grow from the present 172 million to 204 million ten years later, a local media Daily Times quoted an official report as saying on Sunday.

According to the official report released by a government department in charge of the water issue in the country, the water shortage is posing one of the greatest threats to Pakistan as its water resources are fast disappearing and if appropriate measures were not taken, the problem will aggravate.

According to the report entitled "Water Challenges in Pakistan", water availability was 5,260 cubic meters per capita in 1951 when the population was 34 million. Whereas in 2010, the population has risen to 172 million, leading to a drop of the per capita water availability to 1,038 cubic meters.

The report predicts that by the year 2025 the population of Pakistan is likely to reach 221 million and its per capita water availability will reduce to 809 cubic meters.

Source: Xinhua


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