"Overuse is draining and damaging aquifers nationwide, a New York Times data investigation revealed."
"A wealth of underground water helped create America, its vast cities and bountiful farmland. Now, Americans are squandering that inheritance.
The Times analyzed water levels reported at tens of thousands of sites, revealing a crisis that threatens American prosperity.
Nearly half the sites have declined significantly over the past 40 years as more water has been pumped out than nature can replenish.
In the past decade, four of every 10 sites hit all-time lows. And last year was the worst yet."