Ministry of Energy and Water of Afghanistan (MoEW) said currently people are using too much underground water in Kabul, and if the problem is not solved, the city will face serious water shortages in the next years. Officials at the ministry said in addition to overuse, the lack of sewage systems has led to polluted underground water. “There are numerous problems regarding underground water in Kabul and the problems should be addressed otherwise we will face more complicated challenges,” said the head of the hydrology department of the ministry. The Minister of water and energy, meanwhile said that the ministry, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will launch an artificial replenishment program for ground water resources to resolve water problems soon. “We have different plans on hand to replenish Kabul underground water. You know that in the past the population was less and that less water was used, but now more people have come to Kabul and use more water,” the Minister said. Asian Development Bank confirmed they will support the plans of the Ministry of Energy and Water in order to maintain underground water levels. “It is important that we do have a strong relationship and a lot of partners involved with this project and that they only work together to provide support, ADB Country Director for Afghanistan said.
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