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The APWELL project sought to improve agricultural production through controlled groundwater exploitation by the means of nearly 3,500 wells and irrigation systems. The project acknowledged the risk of over-exploitation of groundwater.Part of the solution was to only permit wells in areas that were not already over-exploited. Recharge of groundwater and increasing irrigation efficiency were also implemented.

Preventing groundwater abuse depends on the users' knowledge of what constitutes this over-exploitation and abuse, and why it is undesirable. The success of APWELL, therefore, depends on participatory hydrological monitoring in which the users were trained in basic hydrology and charged with monitoring the hydrological balance of the watershed. In addition to quantity, APWELL has also been focusing on drinking quality, as the project found that many farmers depend on irrigation borewells  for their  drinking water.

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The newsroundup this week informs of reducing water level in the Cauvery basin, pollution of rivers in Odisha, Punjab and Kerala, green signal given by the cabinet to the land aquisition bill and the decision made by the Karnataka government for the need to seek permission from the water board for drilling borewells or dugwells in Bangalore city

Ajit Pawar reinstated as deputy CM of Maharashtra  

Ajit Pawar reinstated as deputy Chief Minister (CM) of Maharashtra, in spite of his name figuring in a multi-crore irrigation scam during his tenure as the state’s water resources minister from 1999 to 2009. Resenting the reinstatement of Ajit Pawar, the opposition boycott tea session hosted by the Chief Minister.

Water-level in the Krishnaraja Sagar plummeting steeply

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Hi,

We are planning to start construction of independent house in Sholinganallur, Chennai. When we did a test of the borewell water the taste was found to be very salty at 25 Ft and 50 Ft. What options are available to remove salt content in the water?

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Dear Sir,

We have a borewell in our constructed house in Mailardevpally Village, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad. We rely only on the borewell water for daily needs. In October 2011, we got the water tested from Vision Lab and were told that the water is not suitable for drinking. I seek advice and suggestions from the experts for the following questions:

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Sir,

I have drilled 12 borewell in Banavikallu, Kudligi taluk, Bellary district, out of which only 2 is working. I have lost a lot money on these, nearly 3 lakhs. Need help with finding a new borewell point. My mail id is: bsmanjunath123@gmail.com

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Hello,

I am considering an 8 acre property with drip irrigation, according to the seller the land is sustained by a borewell with 2.5 inches water.  Does that sound adequate?  I feel it is not enough to even pump it up, but the seller insists thats very good by Indian standards, need information on this.

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This document provides the details of guidelines for groundwater abstraction for both notified and non notified areas

This document by Central Groundwater Authority provides a set of guidelines to evaluate proposals/requests for the withdrawal of ground water. This is done with the following objectives:

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In this article, Seetha Gopalakrishnan introduces us to the Rain Centre and it activities in Chennai with respect to storm water construction in the city

One of the most conspicuous activities in the preparation for the monsoons in several cities today is dug up roads ! Crores and crores are spent on the construction of storm water drains alongside roads in cities and towns to prevent flooding during the rains. These channels / tunnels, that stretch for several kilometers, winding its way across the city, are expected to channel all the collected water into the nearest water body, say a lake or a river.

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A two day seminar on National Project on Aquifer Management (NAQUIM) was organized by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) at A P Shinde Hall, NASC Complex, ICAR, Pusa, New Delhi during 8th and 9th October, 2012. It provided a platform for exchange of ideas among various stakeholders including planners and administrators from various ministries of Government of India, Central and State Government organizations and NGO’s. The seminar comprised of deliberations on identified issues such as the steps involved in aquifer mapping, role of state agencies, participatory management, water quality data and related inputs.

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Inaugural session chaired by Dr. Mihir Shah

Image courtesy: www.readandknow.org

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Dear experts.

I live in Thoraipakkam, Chennai (off the OMR). The ground water is very salty with a TDS of 6830. I have a borewell of 40 ft depth and there is copious yield even from 5 ft depth.

Can you please recommend how best to install a domestic RO system to take care of all domestic needs. Local body supplied water on road side taps is not usable as it is yellow in color and dependency on water tanker is proving difficult to manage.

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