Fact Sheet 2010–3037
1 Afghanistan Geological Survey
The availability of water resources is vital to the social and economic well being and rebuilding of Afghanistan. Kabul City currently (2010) has a population of nearly 4 million and is growing rapidly as a result of periods of relative security and the return of refugees. Population growth and recent droughts have placed new stresses on the city’s limited water resources and have caused many wells to become contaminated, dry, or inoperable in recent years. The projected vulnerability of Central and West Asia to climate change (Cruz and others, 2007; Milly and others, 2005) and observations of diminishing glaciers in Afghanistan (Molnia, 2009) have heightened concerns for future water availability in the Kabul Basin of Afghanistan.
First posted June 2010
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Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Coplen, T.B., Plummer L.N., Rezai, M.T., and Verstraeten, I.M., 2010, Availability of water in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3037, 4 p. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2010/3037/.)