You may not know much about the groundwater in your area or the alarming drop of its levels in certain parts of the country. But you should care, because ground water abundance significantly affects things like food production, so it actually has a sizable impact on you and people you know.

To tackle the issue of detecting fluctuating ground water levels in an era of climate change and population growth, a Wisconsin startup called Wellntel has developed a sensor and analytics service for well owners to monitor the rise and fall of their water tables. The company, which started developing the tech in 2012 and has raised $1.25 million so far, began a pilot project at a home with a vineyard in the Central California town of Paso Robles a few months ago. Paso Robles is a winegrape growing region, yet it receives just over 14 inches of rain on…

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