Groundwater depletion: A global problem

  title={Groundwater depletion: A global problem},
  author={L. Konikow and Eloise Kendy},
  journal={Hydrogeology Journal},
In the past half-century, ready access to pumped wells has ushered in a worldwide “explosion” of groundwater development for municipal, industrial, and agricultural supplies. Globally, groundwater withdrawals total 750–800 km/year (Shah et al. 2000). Economic gains from groundwater use have been dramatic. However, in many places, groundwater reserves have been depleted to the extent that well yields have decreased, pumping costs have risen, water quality has deteriorated, aquatic ecosystems… Expand

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