India’s Ground Water Crisis


This article reviews the drivers and consequences of India’s groundwater crisis. Groundwater is fundamental to the nation’s water security and the degradation of this resource is a threat to economic and social development. Prominent drivers of over-extraction include: inefficient usage, energy subsidies in agriculture, pollution, and population growth. The public good characteristics of aquifers compel strong government regulation, but this is proving difficult to achieve in India. (Global Water Forum)

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