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Water Mismanagement Leaves India's Silicon Valley Parched
India's Silicon Valley is bracing for yet another thirsty summer.

Faucets are running dry and the lakes that once nurtured the southern city of Bangalore and its nearly 10 million residents are either parched or fetid with industrial waste and toxic effluents.

Much like Cape Town in South Africa, Bangalore's water woes have been in the making for some time. Years of unplanned urbanization, rapid population growth and poor management of water resources have now reached a critical point in the southern Indian metropolis.

A study recently published in a leading environmental magazine, "Down to Earth," said Bangalore could go the Cape Town way — and face acute water scarcity in the not-too-distant future.

The study said the water table in Bangalore has fallen from 10-12 meters to 76-91 meters below the surface in the last two decades as the number of extraction wells soared.



 
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