A simple initiative to recharge the open wells using rainwater harvesting techniques seems to be yielding dividends in enhancing ground water levels in several parts of Thrissur district.

About 8,110 wells of households and institutions have been recharged under the project, with the support of the government, ever since it was launched in 2008. But another nearly 10,000 private wells have also been recharged by their owners using the same methodology, but without government aid.

District Collector N D Agrawal along with a Margao Municipal team descended at the Sirvodem ward of the city following complaints of contamination of drinking water wells in the locality.

After the inspection, the district collector said he suspects the contamination of one well, but hastened to add that the authorities would test the water quality of wells in the locality.

Vyttila, North Paravoor & Parakkadavu Blocks Most Affected

Kochi: A study conducted by the groundwater department has detected high presence of metals and chemicals in the wells in the district.
Lead, cadmium, sodium and nitrate were found in the observation wells of the department. The study stated that the depletion of water table might have resulted in increasing groundwater contamination in the district.

This CGWB report presents the over-all scenario of ground water resource utilization and availability of the country.

In March 2011, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation as part of its mandate to provide technical assistance to states released the Operation and Maintenance Manual to help states to operate, maintain drinking water supply scheme.

ALLAHABAD: In a novel approach aimed at recharging depleting ground water status in the arid land of Bundelkhand, the Banda district administration has been interacting and seeking suggestions from

Underground Water In Well Depleting Fast

Surat:If Manjuben Chaudhary of Dinbari village does not wake up at 3.30 am, she will have to walk at least five km in scorching sun to fetch water. She has to reach the village well by 4 am sharp or else her turn to fill water would come after four hours.
Reeling under severe scarcity, this tribal hamlet in Valsad’s Kaprada taluka has been forced to chalk out a timetable for villagers to fill water from the well, the only source of potable water for its 2,000 villagers. Residents of all faliyas (lanes) have been given fixed time to fetch water from the well.

A well-building project in Jharkhand has fallen flat on its face with more incompleteor collapsed wells and unpaid wages.

Survey in March records steady depletion

While skyscrapers increase in height and density at the cost of natural water resources like paddy fields, the groundwater level in the district has touched a new low this year. A March-2013 survey by the Groundwater Department of their 54 sample wells across the district show a steady depletion, ranging from 1 m to 20 cm, in groundwater level.

With the ground water table depleting rapidly in view of the drought like conditions, Tiruchi Corporation has just begun to dig additional borewells on the river bed.

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