Private Wells Siphon Off Afghanistan's Water


A proliferation of privately-dug wells are draining water resources in Zabul province and threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of local farmers. Low rainfall has led to a surge in the number of private wells being dug to ensure access to what is already a scarce resource. The impact has been to divert flow away from rivers and springs and reduce the availability of drinking water. Now farmers are finding even the deepest of bore holes are beginning to run dry, threatening their livelihoods.