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Drinking water groundwater Kathmandu valley Melamchi Water Supply Project watershed drought climate change groundwater recharge
29 March 23
A 2010 study conducted by Bishnu Prasad Pandey shows that the demand for water increased as the population exploded and the number of hotels grew in Kathmandu Valley. Between 1980 and 2000, the report states that groundwater levels declined by 1.3 to 3 meters annually in 9.6m cubic meters of land area. Similarly, groundwater levels declined by 1.38 to 7.5 meters between 2000 and 2008.
Pandey warns if the relevant agencies do not take immediate action to develop groundwater, the environmental condition will deteriorate further.
The Annapurna Express