Threats to the Ganges

The Ganges River is a water source to 400 million in India, its basin is home to about 1/4 of the country’s 1.3 billion population, it contains 40% of India’s replenishable groundwater resources—and it’s in trouble.

Pollution, rising temperatures and excessive use via unregulated tubewells are making the Ganges’ groundwater toxic and hard to access. Less than 1/4 of the 4,800 million liters of sewage that flow daily into the river is treated. 15 million tubewells suck up water indiscriminately. And a $3 billion plan to clean the Ganges is behind schedule.

“It is getting harder to recharge [India’s] aquifers,” said Columbia University’s Anthony Acciavatti.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

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