Borewells and Tubewells

India being an agrarian country, our farmers depend mainly on groundwater for irrigation. With increasing population, lesser land holdings and urbanisation, deeper borewells are dug for groundwater abstraction. Borewells & tubewells, are very similar. Both are basically vertical drilled wells, bored into an underground aquifer in the earths surface, to extract water for various purposes. The difference in the two lies in the type of casing used, the depth of this casing and the type of soil where they are drilled. Casing to support the external surfaces of the borehole against collapse may be needed at certain depths, and usually is made up of PVC pipes. Electrical pumps are usually used to pump out the water fro the borewells, though the government is now giving subsidy for solar pumps. This convenience of pumps may increase the depletion of the groundwater at an increased pace.

Our FAQ on borewells, deals in detail with topics ranging from the initial planning, selection of site to final commissioning, maintenance of the structure and problems associated with existing borewells,. Another Frequently asked questions (FAQ) on Groundwater - Understanding the basics, narrows down the existing knowledge gaps amongst the common groundwater users.

Excessive drilling of borewells has led to exploitation of groundwater at higher rates than the rate of water recharge and caused depletion of the groundwater levels. To monitor this many states like Karnataka & Kerala have come up with laws & a statutory authority to regulate and keep tabs on the groundwater utilisation. Some states have implemented groundwater legislation acts which prevent drilling of borewells without the permission of Government Bodies in water scarce regions. However, some states allow only drilling of drinking water borewells without the need for obtaining permission. Therefore, it is advisable to explore the details of it before drilling a borewell.

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has come with reports on the groundwater status in the country. Uncontrolled use of bore well technology leads to exploitation of groundwater at higher rates than the rate of water recharge, which may cause drastic depletion of groundwater. 

  • We have 235 feet borewell at home and we use texmo compression motor to pump. We observed that the water is not pumped up to the water tank from past few days. We could see meagre water in tank even if motor is running for more than an hour. We already had a borewell with 90ft depth and since there ...
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  • Hello, I have a new borewell in Tumkur, Kallambella, where I have received water of 1.5 inches at a depth of 1050 feet borewell. A further depth of 75 feet was dug, so the total depth of borewell is at 1050 feet. I am planning for agricultural work in this 3 acres piece of land. Considering the amo...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 week 6 days agoread more
  • I have a borewell depth of 650 ft and I have fixed a 3hp 40 stage single phase Texmo pump, because of the silt the pump run only once and its not running now. What should I do now to pump the water. Is there any way to use the same pump by doing any process or should I go for compressor pump. If yes...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 2 weeks 2 days agoread more
  • Does borewell recharge requires removal of submersible pump? 
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 2 weeks 3 days agoread more
  • While most parts of the country are facing a water crisis, here’s a case from the arid state of Rajasthan, where decentralized initiatives are solving water issues. Dungarpur in southern Rajasthan has exemplified how community participation with local level planning processes are working towards i...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 2 weeks 3 days agoread more
  • How to lift broken motor from a borewell at 400ft depth?
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  • We have a borewell of 1120 ft and from the day we have installed motor excess sand coming out with water. Initally we had put 20 Hp pump and motor at 300 ft, delivery 3 inch but the pump got damaged in 7 days due to sand. Then we put new pump of 20 hp and that also got damaged after 10-12 days &...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 2 weeks 6 days agoread more
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  • We had dug a borewell in February and it yielded water. But we did not use the borewell for 6 months and now the bore well has dried up ( even after the rains of July). Is there a possibility to revive the borewell?
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 3 weeks 6 days agoread more
  • I am having unused borewell of depth 350 feet and 8inches dia. We left the borewell unused for more than 10 years for less water & drought. And surrounding water table gone up to 500 feet, 600 feet, 700 feet deep. Suddenly we checked the borewell, we came to know that the borewell has water at 2...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 4 weeks 16 hours agoread more
  • I am planning to buy a land in Chennai. The developer says each plot owner have to build septic tank for sewage and also borewell for drinking water. Will the grey water from the septic tank leak and pollute the borewell. There are multiple plots. I want to know how to protect borewell water, as it ...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 month 1 day agoread more
  • Hello, My three year old borewell with 450 depth is now getting black and yellow colour, smelly water. Kindly guide me how we can fix this? I have no other source for water. Will bore cleaning help? Pls guide me (the neighbouring house 500 meter away from me is selling water but they never faced th...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 month 6 days agoread more
  • Hi, I have a Agricultural land in Kothapet village, Rangareddy district in Telangana. I dug three bores but I could not find any water. Can you suggest whom I can contact for survey in bore point.
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 month 1 week agoread more
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  • I have dug a 918 feet borewell. The motor is 5 HP 50 stages. Water tank is at 65 feet above ground level and total hose pipe length required is 1000 feet. Please advise me what is the optimal inner diameter of the hose pipe I need to use in the motor? One plumber is saying 1.25 inch some others are ...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 month 1 week agoread more
  • Vishwanath Srikantaiah, popularly known as the 'Rainman', has been in the news recently for his ambitious project to build one million recharge wells in Bengaluru. Given the dire situation we find ourselves in vis-à-vis water, the initiative could not have come at a better time. While Vishwanath h...
    priyadposted 1 month 2 weeks agoread more
  • Water in my borewell at 50 ft depth has changed to deep yellow in colour. Pls suggest what to do?
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
  • The motor in my borewell got stuck and mechanic tried to pull it up using pulley but it didn’t worked. They used pressure pump also and declared it might be caused by landslide internally and it cannot be retrieved. It is a new bore and also mechanic mentioned that 4mm pipe might have been used an...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
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We have 235 feet borewell at home and we use texmo compression motor to pump. We observed that the water is not pumped up to the water tank from past few days. We could see meagre water in tank even if motor is running for more than an hour. We already had a borewell with 90ft depth and since there was no water, we installed new one last year with a depth of 235ft after checking with experts. We did not face any issues till date and the electrician has checked the motor and confirmed no issues with it.

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I have a borewell depth of 650 ft and I have fixed a 3hp 40 stage single phase Texmo pump, because of the silt the pump run only once and its not running now. What should I do now to pump the water. Is there any way to use the same pump by doing any process or should I go for compressor pump. If yes, then of what capacity?

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Does borewell recharge requires removal of submersible pump? 

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People come together to dig community ponds in Dungarpur, to fight water scarcity.

While most parts of the country are facing a water crisis, here’s a case from the arid state of Rajasthan, where decentralized initiatives are solving water issues. Dungarpur in southern Rajasthan has exemplified how community participation with local level planning processes are working towards improving rainwater harvesting and recharge of groundwater.

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How to lift broken motor from a borewell at 400ft depth?

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We have a borewell of 1120 ft and from the day we have installed motor excess sand coming out with water. Initally we had put 20 Hp pump and motor at 300 ft, delivery 3 inch but the pump got damaged in 7 days due to sand. Then we put new pump of 20 hp and that also got damaged after 10-12 days & bore got punctured and water of upper table got mix in borewell which is of 2500 TDS. After 15-20 days bore got repaired and puncture done and we put 12 HP 12 stage pump but still it is throwing sand and TDS is still 1800. Actual tds at that level is 300.

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Team Malhar, students of Water Policy and Governance (WPG) and alumni of Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai in partnership with RRA Network proudly present the third annual session of "WATER TALK SERIES" on 7th September, 2019 at TISS, Mumbai

September 7, 2019 9:30AM - September 7, 2019 5:30PM
September 6, 2019 12:30PM

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We had dug a borewell in February and it yielded water. But we did not use the borewell for 6 months and now the bore well has dried up ( even after the rains of July). Is there a possibility to revive the borewell?

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I am having unused borewell of depth 350 feet and 8inches dia. We left the borewell unused for more than 10 years for less water & drought. And surrounding water table gone up to 500 feet, 600 feet, 700 feet deep. Suddenly we checked the borewell, we came to know that the borewell has water at 200 feet depth.

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