The groundwater in Bagalkot has been depleting drastically over the past few years. Experts attribute this to the heavy extraction of water through a series of bore wells dug up next to each other. Though the government's plans of recharging groundwater through watershed management has been quite successful, people are still apprehensive about the ban on digging bore wells in the taluk. Farmers threaten to commit suicide if their bore wells dry up, as they have no means to irrigate their land and thereby repay their loans.
"When the tables turn: Suicides and the drought of Bagalkot" reveals this sorry state of affairs in the region, one of the major towns in northern Karnataka.