World Could Have 40 Percent Water Shortfall By 2030, UN Warns

March 20, 2015 10:28 AM

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World Could Have 40 Percent Water Shortfall By 2030, UN Warns

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.

Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050, more groundwater will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption.

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