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WATER CARD - WATER AVAILABILITY
Afghanistan
DRIEST MONTH
August
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WATER STRESS INDEX
total water resources available to a population of a region
water stress100 000 people
water scarcity100 000 people
absolute scarcity100 000 people
percentage of people
living in water scarce areas
18%
total population100 000 000
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WATER DEMAND
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Average Water Availability per Person
<500m3
500-1,000m3
1000-1,700m3
>1,700m3
Number of People in Each Grid
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“WATER SCARCITY IS THE LACK OF SUFFICIENT AVAILABLE WATER RESOURCES TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF WATER USAGE WITHIN A REGION.” - SCIENCEDAILY
Illustration of two hands – one supplies the other with water. Illustration of two hands – one supplies the other with water (mobile version).
What does this mean?

There are many different reasons for water scarcity. Water could be scarce due to a physical shortage (physical water scarcity), or it could be , scarce because of institutional failures or the lack of adequate infrastructure to ensure a regular supply, even in places where water is abundant (economic water scarcity).

Over the last century, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase globally, and it is still increasing in all sectors. The effects of climate change will intensify the risk of droughts as well. Over 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress today and the numbers will continue to increase.
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