Drought-stricken California might be the current-day poster child of water rationing, but it’s only one of more than two dozen emerging water-stress pressure points around the world, according to the latest satellite measurement studies conducted by NASA.

“We have a global groundwater crisis,” said Jay Famiglietti, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine and the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.¬†Famiglietti was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the eighth annual Milwaukee Water Summit, an event sponsored by the Water Council, a Milwaukee trade group that encourages investment, jobs and university research in water engineering industries. The summit runs through Wednesday at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

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