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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Comparative analysis of ground water usage in south east asia

Unveiling the Hidden Depths: Underground Water Reservoirs in Southeast Asia 

Dive into the world beneath our feet as we explore the extensive underground water reservoirs shaping Southeast Asia's water landscape. 


The Department of Groundwater Resources [Source: DGR] reports that Thailand relies on groundwater for about 65% of its water needs, with an estimated annual extraction of 28 billion cubic meters.


 The Vietnamese Academy of Water Resources [Source: VAWR] reveals that underground water reservoirs play a crucial role in sustaining the Mekong Delta, contributing to 80% of the region's irrigation water and supporting over 18 million hectares of rice paddies.


 Managing water resources across its vast archipelago is challenging, but the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing [Source: MPWH] indicates that underground water reservoirs, particularly in Java, are vital for supplying water to millions. Indonesia extracts around 45 billion cubic meters of groundwater annually.


The Malaysian Water Resources Commission [Source: MWRC] underscores the importance of underground water resources in the Peninsular region, where about 60% of the population depends on groundwater. The annual extraction is approximately 5 billion cubic meters.


 The National Water Resources Board [Source: NWRB] emphasizes the need for sustainable groundwater management. Groundwater contributes to around 56% of the total water demand in the country, with an annual extraction of about 20 billion cubic meters.

Let's celebrate these unseen heroes beneath the surface, contributing to agricultural prosperity, urban development, and environmental balance in Southeast Asia!

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