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Wells swell, but all is not well

08 August 2011

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh has experienced a well explosion. In the last three decades, the number of wells in the state has gone up by four times — from eight lakh to 24 lakh. And, hold your breath, the well population in AP is increasing at the rate of 50,000 a year! What’s really worrying is that scientific steps are not being taken to ensure that the quantity of water drawn from the ground is replenished by rainwater.

……While bore wells may meet the water needs of people in Telangana and Rayalaseema, they will harm the delicate ecological balance in the coastal regions. “If ground water is over-exploited in coastal regions, there is the threat of sea water intrusion into the groundwater. This will make the soil salty and unfit for agriculture,” warns Dr V.V.S. Gurunatha Rao, the deputy director of NGRI…..

Read more: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/wells-swell-all-not-well-144

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Written by csirindia

August 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Posted in NGRI

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