In southwestern India, aquifers are already overdrawn, thanks in part to heavily subsidised electricity rates for pumping
The impact on the water energy nexus is immediate; just one example is low water levels in West Bengal forcing the National Thermal Power Corporation's Farraka coal-fired plant to be shut down, causing severe outages.
In California's famous water wars, who controls what water and where has been material for Hollywood movies.
Is a bottling company about to get unlimited groundwater when locals have been conserving during the drought? Some residents
The year 2015 saw more than its fair share of extreme hydrologic events, both ruinous floods and severe drought. In the United States, attention remained focused on California, which is suffering the worst four-year drought on record.
Worries About Contamination Environmental groups are concerned because some of Westlands’ groundwater is tainted with selenium
For public agencies, the drought has highlighted how unprepared the region is for growing pressures from population growth and from climate change, which has already been implicated in worsening the severity of the drought.
"We have a long way to go," Lassiter says. "But we can make substantial changes. We can even persuade home owners to give up their lawns, which are English imports and not really appropriate to a semi-arid climate like California."
As the state thirstily sucks groundwater from underground aquifers, especially to keep its massive agriculture industry operational, the people up above are feeling the ramifications and are beginning to crack -- literally -- under the pressure.
Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices
The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts.