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Europe’s groundwater — a key resource under pressure

Groundwater supplies 65% of drinking water and 25% of water for agricultural irrigation in the 27 EU Member States. Across the EU 24% of groundwater is of poor chemical status and 9% of poor quantitative status. Groundwater is under pressure from pollution and abstraction related to population growth and increasing water demand in a changing climate. Implementation of policies needs to be accelerated to protect groundwater.

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