MARGAO: Sample testing of well waters in the vicinity of the Sonsodo waste dumping site by the Goa State Pollution Control Board has revealed high levels of coliform.

Well water sample of Vishal Gude, a resident of Amrutnagar-Sonsodo put the total coliform to 490 as against the permissible limit of 10. Similarly, the feacal coliform was around 170 when it ought to have been nil.

MARGAO: Velim roared on Wednesday as villagers came out strongly against the government’s decision to go ahead with the land acquisition process to acquire 30,000 square metres of land for the Cutbona jetty expansion.

Bowing to the demands and sentiments of the villagers, members of the Velim Panchayat have agreed to resign after a certain time-frame, while Velim MLA Benjamin D’Silva has assured to support the villagers cause and move the government to get the land acquisition process scrapped.

Onsite wastewater treatment systems are common in rural and semi-rural areas around the world; in the US, about 25–30% of households are served by a septic (onsite) wastewater treatment system, and many property owners also operate their own domestic well nearby. Site-specific conditions and local groundwater flow are often ignored when installing septic systems and wells. In areas with small lots (thus high spatial septic system densities), shallow domestic wells are prone to contamination by septic system leachate.

BHUBANESWAR: With monsoon playing truant, the State Government on Friday decided to install at least one lakh bore-wells in three years to overcome water scarcity for cultivation.

A move to convert the wetlands and destroy mangroves flourishing in four acres near the Pullippuzha at Perumukham Karattippadath in Feroke has run into resistance from local people organised under the banner of Friends Samskarika Vedi.

C. Bijesh, secretary of the Vedi, warned on Thursday that protests would be intensified since the move to construct a building there had not been abandoned in spite of the District Collector sending the Revenue Divisional Officer for an on the spot inspection and later issuing a “stop memo” to the builder. Records also indicated it was a restricted zone for construction activities.

Jaisalmer: Public sector company Oil India Ltd (OIL) has for the first time found oil reserves at Poonam Singh ki Dhani in Nachna area of Jaisalmer 1,230 metre below the ground.

According to sources, digging of oil well is going on at the allotted block RJON 2004/2 NILP/16 in Nachna area for the last few days and good quality oil reserves have been found at a depth of 1,230 metre. Samples of the findings have been sent for testing. OIL will also dig one more well near the existing well to find out if there are more reserves, company officials said.

NADIAD: If you think 'Rakshabandhan' is all about sisters tying rakhis to their brothers, you may have to do a rethink. For this village in Nadiad has vowed to save water and to mark this event they have decided to tie Rakhis to all their water sources - be it their village wells, water taps, tube wells and hand pumps. The biggest Rakhi in the state was tied to a village well, which measured almost 28 feet.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to acquire all privately-owned wells in the city to tide over the 10 per cent water cut that was recently extended till July-end. There are approximately 784 private wells in the city and the BMC will solicit the Collector’s assistance in acquiring them.

The civic body told its Standing Committee on Wednesday that a plan has already been put forward to repair and clean the 789 public wells that belong to BMC. According to Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani, the plan includes cleaning wells that are unused since 2009. “Ward officers have been instructed to collect information on the state of wells in their jurisdiction along with records of their water levels.”

The areas newly brought under the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike are bearing the brunt of acute water scarcity in the City.

With no sign of rain and borewells drying up, these areas on the periphery of the City are dependent on water tankers to meet the daily requirement. The corporators from Byatarayanapura, Mahadevapura and KR Puram constituencies, during a meeting with the chairperson of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board on Tuesday aired their concerns over the grave situation in their wards.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is planning to regularise illegal water connections in the City.

The BWSSB has relaxed existing rules to regularise water connections and has directed officers to collect documents and to issue RR (Revenue Register) number as a proof. Consumers with unauthori­sed connections have been told to submit documents like sale de­ed of the property, general power of attorney, telephone bill, electricity bill, ration card along with an affidavit on stamp paper of Rs 20 from the owner/occupant to get their water connections regularised.