India is running out of water fast. “Competitive drilling for water has led to the destruction of our groundwater tables. Some aquifers in central India that took 10,000 years to accumulate water have dried up in the past 30 years,” said Mihir Shah, a member of the Indian Planning Commission in a recent interview. According to a study by the U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA), India lost 109 cubic kilometres of groundwater between 2002 and 2008 because of indiscriminate use. This groundwater, which should only really serve as a buffer during years of drought, was moreover withdrawn in a period when rainfall was actually above ‘normal’.