A recent article in Times of India said that groundwater extraction in northern parts of India is the highest in the world and contributes to as much as 5% rise in the global rise in sea levels. The average depletion of groundwater level in this region is an alarming 10 cm every year; Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh leading this misuse. Interestingly, this region is host to 10% of humanity, which makes the scenario very scary. A study found that the net loss of water was around 25 trillion litres an year.

Climate change also contributes to groundwater depletion but the issue here is the uncontrolled use of groundwater by the citizens where on the other hand, Mumbai is facing severe water cuts. In this context, access to clean water and skills of water management and education are becoming increasingly important!