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  • Hi! 3 years back, at my residence we drilled a bore well of about 110 feet deep. Last week one fine day the motor was not able to deliver water,  I checked with the plumber and he said the hose in the borewell has to be checked for leaks. He tried to remove the same, but unfortunately it did n...
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  • Hi,Ten days ago we have dug a borewell 500 feet deep. It is a 6.5" borewell, when we dug the bore we found less water. in the next day we found water at 450 feet. Yesterday we tested again and found water atin 35 feet and water was clear. Can we go for submersible pump in this case? Please advise ad...
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  • Hello,The borewell water in my house in Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai is very saline and white chemical particles settle in overhead water tank (every time I clean, those white particles weigh more than 1.5 kgs). How do I get rid of salinity in borewell water. Please help.Ravi Raja9790996720
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Hello Sir,

Recently I had dug a borewell for 300 ft in Chennai. I did not see any water splashing out during digging process. But in the evening when I dropped a stone, I could here water splashing inside. So I continually watched the water level for next 4 days and following is the observation:

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Sir,

We are residing in Saraswathi nagar, Adambakkam,Chennai. We have a bore well pump 90 feet below. It was drilled 16 years back. But now it has stopped pumping water. We doubt if ground water exists. Can the same bore be flushed out and tried again? Shall we drill a new Borewell?

Pl kindly suggest.

Thanks

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Dear All,

I have a property in Madipakkam, Chennai. I drilled borewell in the year 2000 in my property at about 200 ft. From that time till now, I am getting only one bucket of water, approximately equivalent to 50 litres per day till now.

I feel that this is very low and so am thinking of reinspecting the bore. I would like to know if borewell endoscopy using a camera will give me a clear picture of what the problem is.  Could anyone please be able to recommen a good vendor for borewell endoscopy with a camera at Chennai?

Regards

Arunan 

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In the beginning, the borewell water showed a good ph of 8.5, but was greyish color as there was some grey sand getting mixed in it, so we put some pebbles to block the sand from getting in. But now, I am getting a sewage and chemical kind of smell from the water.

I'm really starting to get annoyed, advice is deeply appreciated. My bore well is currently 80 feet, had not used it for 5 years and just got it fixed. We have cleaned the new pump twice, and I have spent around 18K on it. Now the water is kind of whitish with a slight sewage like smell coming from it.

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Inefficient solid waste management results in waste piles that contribute to urban flooding in cities like Chennai. While most citizens blame civic authorities for the lapse, are they doing their bit?

Come November, along with swollen waterways and flooded streets, another prominent image flashed repeatedly on television screens is that of mountains of mixed garbage. Chennai’s solid waste headache is by no means entirely monsoon-related. But the issue manages to capture the media’s attention around this time of the year mostly because unregulated dumping tends to disrupt waterways in many parts. Intensified waterlogging and heightened public health concerns closely follow.  

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The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is a river basin-scale model to simulate the quality and quantity of surface and ground water and predict the environmental impact of land management practices, Climate change on the water resources.  SWAT  is a public domain model jointly developed by USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System.  

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My apartment is in Madambakkam near Tambaram, Chennai and there is no drainage facility in my area. We have 3 soak pits around my flat for the sewage water (from bathroom and washing machine). However, a pit at one corner is adjacent (11 feet) located from my neighbour's borewell. The borewell is about 350ft deep. There have been no issues for the past 4 years. But, now they are complaining that their borewell water is getting contaminated because of my pit. Will it get contaminated? Is it okay for me to continue with the pit? Or what remedial action should I undertake?

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