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Water use

In 2006, total water withdrawal was estimated at 615.9 million m3, of which 70 percent was for agricultural purposes, 8 percent for municipal and 22 percent for industrial purposes (Table 4 and Figure 1). Surface water is used for agricultural and industrial purposes. The urban and coastal rural areas use groundwater for their water supply because of its higher quality, but saltwater intrusion in the wells due to over pumping is increasing. Most of the rural interior areas use rain water collection or surface water for their water supply (IDB/GOS, 2010; USACE, 2001) (Figure 2).


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