What is groundwater, why is it critical for life on Earth

  • 25.08.2022
  • World Economic Forum
  • Groundwater is water that has found its way down from the Earth’s surface into the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock.
  • It is a critical source of drinking water and a key resource for agriculture, industry and natural ecosystems. However, groundwater supplies are under threat from overuse and pollutants.
  • Legal protections and increased monitoring of this resource are needed, several institutions argue.