Availability of Water in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan

Fact Sheet 2010-3037
Prepared in cooperation with the Afghanistan Geological Survey under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development
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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.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Availability of Water in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2010-3037
DOI 10.3133/fs20103037
Edition -
Year Published 2010
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 4 p.
Projection Universal Transverse Mercator
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