New Web platform evaluates India’s growing water risks

March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — India’s water supply is forecast to fall 50 percent below demand by 2030.

WASHINGTON — India is one of the most water-challenged countries in the world, and groundwater levels are falling as India’s industries, farmers and city residents drain aquifers and wells, according to a World Resources Institute (WRI) blog post titled, “3 Maps Explain India’s Growing Water Risks.”

India’s available water is often polluted, and the national supply is forecast to fall 50 percent below demand by 2030, stated authors Tien Shiao, Andrew Maddocks, Chris Carson and Emma Loizeaux in the post.

Coordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a group of companies, research organizations and industry associations, including WRI, created the India Water Tool 2.0 to help address these water challenges, the WRI post reported.

According to the WRI post, the India Water Tool 2.0 is a new, comprehensive and publically available Web platform that evaluates India’s water risks.

The tool helps government agencies, companies and other water users “identify their most pressing challenges and carefully target water-risk management efforts,” the post continued.

“Users can upload or enter hundreds of GPS-based locations into the easy-to-use interface,” the WRI post noted. “For each location, the tool will produce values quantifying water stress, groundwater depletion, current and projected groundwater availability, water quality, rainfall and more.”

Read the entire blog post here.

You can access the India Water Tool 2.0 here.

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