The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Kabul residents facing acute water scarcity

People in Kabul, the capital, are complaining about the underground water shortage in the city, and ask the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to make efforts to provide them with access to drinking water in the capital. According to them, the water wells in their residential areas have dried up, and they are facing an acute shortage of potable water. In addition to the economic challenges, the people in Kabul can’t afford to buy drinking water. “We used to have water in our wells at seven meters, but now it dropped to about eighty or ninety meters. We don’t have any water as all the wells have dried up,” said Gul Shah, a resident of Kabul. “I have a state-supplied tap, but it has been 9 months since it was dried up. So, we buy a jerry can of water for AFN 10 from the water tanker that comes to our street,” said Aslam, another resident of Kabul. Meanwhile, environmentalists believe the groundwater level has dropped due to excessive use of underground water and population density. “Water in commercial places, such as rug cleaning centers, car washing areas, public bath houses, and public swimming pools, is consumed excessively,” said Seyed Qayum Hashemi, an environmental expert. Besides, the water supply corporation says that the water level has decreased by about 50 percent in Kabul. Hence, many people buy water from private water suppliers. “The cisterns used to generate 2,000 to 2,400 cubic meters of water, but that amount has now decreased to 800 to 900 cubic meters,” said Shafiullah Zahedi, head of the Kabul Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation. According to the Ministry of Energy and Water, Kabul City is facing severe water scarcity more than ever due to several factors, including an increase in population, the usage of underground water, and climate change. Furthermore, some people who have been digging deep wells say that the water level has dropped compared to a few years ago. “In Tapa-e- Karte Naw, the water has dropped to 120 – 130,” metter said Majid, a well digger in Kabul. Currently, most families, corporations, and factories use underground water illegally. The information provided by the Ministry of Natural Disaster Management shows that more than 200 million liters of water are extracted from the underground water sources of Kabul every day. Environmental specialists warn that water shortage in the country’s capital will increase if no action is taken, in this regard. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.