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Over 1.4 billion people currently live in river basins where the use of water exceeds minimum recharge levels

Over 1.4 billion people currently live in river basins where the use of water exceeds minimum recharge levels, leading to the desiccation of rivers and depletion of groundwater. In 60% of European cities with more than 100 000 people, groundwater is being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished.

Last update:06 Feb 2014