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Groundwater causes concern

THE GROUNDwater table depletion has assumed alarming proportions in urban areas of Varanasi district. The depletion can be attributed to exploitation of ground water and encroachment over water bodies. Besides, there are fears groundwater may be contaminated in some localities due to unabated flow of coloured water.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 00:18 IST

THE GROUNDwater table depletion has assumed alarming proportions in urban areas of Varanasi district. The depletion can be attributed to exploitation of ground water and encroachment over water bodies.

Besides, there are fears  groundwater may be contaminated in some localities due to unabated flow of coloured water.

At least 40 piezometres (instruments used to measure ground water table) have been set up to monitor the position of water table’s position in urban areas of Varanasi.

Talking to Hindustan Times here on Saturday, Senior scientist of Ground Water Department, Shiv Shankar Singh said to combat the problem of water crisis in the city areas, the State Government had installed piezometres in city
areas.

“The piezometres have started functioning from May this year and data of underground level is showing the alarming stage of ground water table in Varanasi city,” he said.

He added on average, the ground water level was recorded at 15 metres which was much below the normal position of eight metres. He said some localities like Bazardeeha and adjoining areas faced threat of under ground water becoming toxic due to flow of coloured water due to washing of clothes.

He added if it were not checked, it would become dangerous for residents to use that water.

Singh said the need of the hour was to make people aware about depletion in ground water level. He added excess exploitation of ground water by installing tube wells should be checked and more attention should be paid to preserving the water reservoirs.

He said water reservoirs had a capacity to recharge ground water at the rate of 1.44 millilitre per day to their adjoining areas but encroachment over water bodies was a matter of grave concern.