Groundwater levels are declining across India. Of the 4,000 wells captured in the IWT 2.0 showing statistically significant trends, 54% dropped over the past seven years, with 16% declining by more than 1 meter (3.2 feet) per year. Farmers in arid areas, or areas with irregular rainfall, depend heavily on groundwater for irrigation. The Indian government subsidizes the farmers’ electric pumps and places no limits on the volumes of groundwater they extract, creating a widespread pattern of excessive water use and strained electrical grids. Northwestern India again stands out as highly vulnerable. Out of the 550 wells studied in the region, 58% have declining groundwater levels.