Rapid groundwater depletion threatens Pakistan food security – officials

Pakistan-village-deep-wellPakistani villagers pull water from a deep well. Overpumping of groundwater has depleted the water resources of Pakistan and many other nations around the world. Source.

Until recently, Ghulam Mustafa made a living growing sugarcane, rice, barley and wheat on his 10-acre farm in Punjab province.

But these days he is struggling. The water available in wells in the area is dwindling, and the cost of pumping it to his crops is rising. Like many other farmers in the area, Mustafa, 51, now plans to cultivate only half his land and leave the rest for his livestock.

“The groundwater level in our area has gone down around 15 to 20 feet in the last five to six years,” he said. “And unfortunately it continues to decline each year.”

Across Punjab province and two districts of neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, groundwater supplies are depleting at 16 to 55 centimetres (6 to 21 inches) a year, according to a study carried out by the International Waterlogging and Salinity Research Institute (IWASRI), part of the Pakistani government’s Water and Power Development Authority…

  • Exile1981

    If the issues with ground water continue Israel will have the last laugh, everyone knows they have the best equipment for desalinization of sea water and all the muslim nations will scream when they have to buy it from them at top dollars.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Israel’s desalination operations are expanding now that it is pumping huge quantities of offshore natural gas to power the plants. Israelis have also come up with efficient and effective techniques for recycling waste water.

  • Dana Garcia

    There is an expanding demand resulting from enthusiastic population growth.


    • Clausewitz

      When you expand past the carrying capacity of your natural surroundings, disaster is not far behind. If the western world stops taking in these idiots look out for a massive die off in Pakistan.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep, it really took off after Western meds became available. The birth rate is not currently one of the really high ones, but they likely already have more people than they can provide properly with food, water and electricity.

      • Clausewitz

        They seem to like killing off doctors and nurses who try to help with polio. I say let them rot and start selling them iron lungs.

    • Dana Garcia

      It’s not just the benighted third world that is sucking up its groundwater at unprecedented rate: California’s Central Valley’s groundwater is so overdrawn that land subsidence has become a problem. The subsidence affects things like the gravity-powered movement of water around the state.


      • Frau Katze

        NYT had a long article on that just the other day.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Yeah, but if California had the will to build nuclear powered desalination plants they could.
        Pakis don’t have the means.

        • Minicapt

          California has Gov Brown and the California State Legislature; thus they are tied with Pakistan.


        • tom_billesley

          They can build solar powered plants. Al Gore will tell ’em how.

      • Clausewitz

        The Imperial Valley problem is a self inflicted disaster caused by the over reach of the State government and the EPA. Gotta save those minnows. Screw the farmers. Where’s a wetback going to get a job these days?

  • glasnost

    “…cannot get water from the Sutlej and Beas rivers under the Indus Water Treaty with India…”
    Too bad the Pakistanis aren’t better friends with the Indians; oh well, I guess there’s too much water under the bridge for that to happen.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s bad pun-ditry.
      And I love it.

  • ontario john

    Don’t why they are worried. Everyone in Pakistan is going to be in Canada within the next few years.

    • dance…dancetotheradio


    • Alain

      That is why saying their population is growing didn’t make sense, since I thought most were in Canada already.

      • Clausewitz

        When’s the last time you called a cab and a white driver showed up?

  • Al_the_Fish

    Tim Hortons will take care of them, double-double dhimmis.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That jingle is just going to write itself.

  • G

    Let’s see….terrorist producing nutcase nation full of hysterical, stinking losers faces problems in the future.

    It would be truly difficult for me to give *LESS* of a shit than I do right now.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I know.
      I don’t have a fuck to give.

  • Bill

    You just know there’s going to be a demand for other countries to take in millions of Pakistani ‘Climate Change’ (a.k.a Global Warming, a.k.a Global Disruption) refugees. The basic fact shown by Dana’s graph that a country whose population is five times what it was seventy years ago might not have the water resources to sustain these extra people. So many Warmists believe that there is/will-be a huge pool of refugees made refugees only through catastrophic climate changes and that overpopulation overstraining natural resources such as land and water has little or no contribution to that.

    • Canadian Born

      So they have ruined their country and now the UN wants them to come to the western countries like Canada and ruin our country. What the hell is the matter with the Canadian people that we won’t take a stand like our ancestors did and protect this country. Our we that stupid?

      • DD_Austin

        Our ancestors were just as stupid, but stupid is the wrong word
        for it, naive, betrayed and misinformed, just as we have been naive, betrayed, misinformed and miseducated.

        Only reason we’re finding out just how our “leaders” have been
        screwing us is because due to the internet, the mass media genie
        has been let out of the establishment bottle, and even then the
        establishment “faithful” are pretty much hardwired multicultural
        pods who think of the CBC as “motherCBC” regardless of facts.

        Frankly most of the “canadian” people ceased to exist about 1960,
        and the fate of what lives here now isn’t going to be any loss to
        civilization, any civilization that elects Dustbin Trudeau deserves

  • cmh

    hopefully this means they’re all gonna die…

  • simus1

    Some decades ago Dumpsterstan had a big agricultural problem:
    excessive irrigation was dissolving various salts in the earth above the normal water table, bringing them to the surface and ruining cropland ………….

  • Hard Little Machine

    Saudi Arabia is proposing to build a vast desalination facility. And because they take gobs of power to run….make it a nuclear power plant.

  • tom_billesley

    The groundwater under London is rising. It’s because all the industry went to China.