Introduction: The changing waterscape of groundwater Law in India

Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Puthucherril, Tony George and Paul, Sanu Rani (2021) Introduction: The changing waterscape of groundwater Law in India. In: Groundwater law and management in India : From an elitist to an egalitarian paradigm. Springer Verlag, Singapore, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9789811626197

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Groundwater is an extremely vital and critical resource on the planet that supports most people’s ever-increasing water requirements. Being more abundant than surface
water, its criticality to life sustenance and human well-being cannot be overemphasized. Groundwater caters to almost half of all the drinking water requirements worldwide; it supports forty per cent of irrigated agriculture and meets about one-third of the water supply required for the industry. It is the primary or overwhelming source of drinking water in many parts of the world and is often considered a dependable source of uncontaminated water. Despite its obvious importance, groundwater is an invisible resource, and in line with the famous adage “out of sight, out of mind”, groundwater all-over is mismanaged and highly abused. The groundwater level in several parts of the globe has plummeted rapidly during the past two decades due to intense competition among its users—agriculture, industry, domestic sectors—and an ensuing overdraft. The widespread pollution of surface water and its interconnectedness with groundwater, leachate from unscientific disposal of solid wastes, and untreated wastewater discharge has severely affected groundwater quality. Consequently, the world is in the throes of a severe water crisis.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Groundwater Law | Water crisis | Drinking water
Subjects: Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Environmental Science, Policy and Law
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2022 05:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 05:57
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