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Water stress

Definition:

Water stress occurs when the demand for water exceeds the available amount during a certain period or when poor quality restricts its use.

Water stress causes deterioration of fresh water resources in terms of quantity (aquifer over-exploitation, dry rivers, etc.) and quality (eutrophication, organic matter pollution, saline intrusion, etc.)

Source: UNEP Freshwater in Europe Glossary 

Translation(s):

Español: Estrés hídrico
Français: Stress hydrique

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