Mallampet is a small village near the city of Hyderabad in South India, which as a result of rapid expansion of urban spaces has now found itself to be a peri-urban location in the North west of the city. The farmers in this village formerly applied water to their crops from many lakes (cheruvu) in the vicinity. However as industries came up in the neighboring areas, local water bodies such as the Khatua cheruvu and Bowrampet cheruvu now fast dry up and other water bodies also suffered with the excess of industrial pollution. Farmers were forced to install borewells to access groundwater and others abandoned agriculture altogether for jobs in the nearby city. Of those that remained, some land owners instead of farming decided to contract out water from their borewells to illegal private water tanker companies in the city. In a region where areas adjoining the city have already been designated as critical or over-exploited by the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB), this extraction of water for urban use has the potential to further exacerbate the local situation.