Water levels falling at alarming rate

Water levels falling at alarming rate
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The depleting groundwater level in the district is quite alarming and a severe water crisis looms large in the coming summer. According to the official figures, out of the 59 mandals in the district, the groundwater levels were depleted in 58 mandals and the water levels improved only in Mellacheruvu mandal. The deficit rainfall was the reason for the depletion.     

Nalgonda: The depleting groundwater level in the district is quite alarming and a severe water crisis looms large in the coming summer. According to the official figures, out of the 59 mandals in the district, the groundwater levels were depleted in 58 mandals and the water levels improved only in Mellacheruvu mandal. The deficit rainfall was the reason for the depletion.

The average groundwater level, which was recorded at 12.34 feet in December 2015, has fallen down to 13.12 feet in the district. The groundwater table has also depleted in the ayacut of Nagarjunasagar as the water levels in the project reached dead storage level. The groundwater levels in Tripuraram, Peddavura, Nidamanoor, Miryalaguda, Nereducherla, Haliya, Garidepally, Huzoornagar, Kodad, Chilukur, Nadigudem and Mattampally mandals covering the Nagarjuna Sagar ayacut area also dropped slightly.

The situation is worse in Bhongir, Alair,Yadagirigutta, Bommalaramaram, Choutuppal, Sansthan Narayanapuram mandals, in which the groundwater level fell down by more than one feet depth. The depth of groundwater level fell down from 18.37 in December 2015 feet to 19.31 feet in January 2016. Similarly, from 16.8 feet to 17.48 feet in Bhongir mandal, from 16.86 feet to 17.17 feet in Rajaper mandal, 16.95 feet to 17.63 feet in Alair mandal, from 15.92 to 17.55 feet in Bibinagar mandal, 15.16 to 17.55 feet in Bommalaramaram mandal, from 18.71 feet to 19.39 feet in Choutuppal mandal, from 15.12 to 15.27 feet in Atmakur (M) mandal, from 16.12 feet to 16.94 feet in Kattangur mandal, from 19.24 to 20.84 feet in Chityal mandal, from 18.19 to 19.50 feet in Marriguda mandal.

In view of the alarming situation, the district authorities became busy in taking measures to overcome the drinking water problem. In this connection, District Collector P Satyanarayana Reddy already held a coordination committee meeting and directed the officials to take up measures on a war footing to overcome water crisis. He also directed the Rural Water Supply officials to setup a toll free number to receive complaints from the people.

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