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3. Beijing, China

China has 20% of the world’s population, but has to contend with just 7% of the world’s fresh water. In the last decade, the country’s water reserves have plummeted by 13%, leaving the citizens on tenterhooks.

11 cities likely to run out of drinking water

As growing urban populations around the globe struggle to gain access to natural resources, we take a look at some major cities that are fast running out of fresh water.