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Groundwater level increases in Telangana

Hyderabad: Courtesy of the torrential rainfall that lashed the State during the southwest monsoon the State is now plush with water resources beneath its land mass, says a report published by the Telangana State Ground Water Board.

As per the report, at least six districts had registered excess rainfall, while another 17 districts recorded normal rainfall and eight districts witnessed deficit rainfall. As a result of the rains, the number of mandals with groundwater at a depth of more than 20 metres below ground level (mbgl) decreased from about 88 mandals in May to 26 mandals in October out of total 584 mandals indicating a major improvement in groundwater levels.

Moderate depth to water levels in the range of 10 to 20m below ground level is observed in 141 mandals during October 2017. Maximum are being in Medak(13) and Nizambad(13) Nalgonda(11) and Sangareddy(10).

As per the report, water levels in the range of 5 to 10mbgl were observed in 209 Mandals during October-2017. Maximum are being in Mahabubnagar(17), Ranga Reddy(15) and Suryapet(11). Water levels of two to five mbgl were found prevailing in 155 mandals. However, the maximum number of mandals were in Adilabad(12) and Mahabubabad(11).

“The depth to groundwater levels recorded in October 2017 ranges from 0.13 to 31.93m. Shallowest water level is recorded at Ameenpur Piezometer of Sangareddy district in Granitic formation whereas the deepest water level is recorded in the Piezometer at Shad Nagar of Ranga Reddy district in Granitic formation,” said an official of the department. The water levels in the aquifers was likely to increase if the inflows continued, as the amount of water drawn out from the aquifers has considerably reduced, since the State government has worked to ensure piped water supply.

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