New Delhi: Shrinking reservoirs in India, Morocco, Iraq and Spain could result in water taps going completely dry in these four countries, a study based on a new early warning satellite system has warned.
According to the developers of the new satellite early warning system for the world’s 500,000 dams, shrinking reservoirs in India, Morocco, Iraq and Spain could spark the next “day zero” water crisis, The Guardian reported.
The system has named countries where shrinking reservoirs could lead to the taps completely drying up, the study said. Tensions have been apparent in India over the water allocations for two reservoirs connected by the Narmada river, it said.
Poor rains last year left the upstream Indira Sagar dam in Madhya Pradesh a third below its seasonal average.
When some of this shortfall was passed on to the downstream Sardar Sarovar reservoir, it caused an uproar because the latter is a drinking supply for 30 million people. Last month, the Gujarat state government halted irrigation and appealed to farmers not to sow crops.