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Seminar in Pune busts myths about groundwater recharge

It stressed on the importance of groundwater recharge, aquifer management and techniques of rainwater harvesting

pune Updated: May 05, 2019 16:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The seminar stressed upon the importance of groundwater recharge, aquifer management and techniques of rainwater harvesting.(HT PHOTO)

The seminar stressed on the importance of groundwater recharge, aquifer management and techniques of rainwater harvesting. Importance of hydrogeological studies, survey, aquifer mapping, intake test for selecting recharge areas was highlighted by hydro geologists Himanshu Kulkarni, executive director, advanced centre for water resources development and management, and Shashank Deshpande, groundwater scientist, ex-senior geologist, groundwater surveys and development agency, government of Maharashtra.

According to Dnyanendra Hulsure, a resident of Megapolis, “It was an enriching programme because we keep talking about water levels going down, but we didn’t realise the gravity of the situation till now. We learnt about various groundwater recharging techniques, shared information on what can be done and when to recharge the water.”

Another participant and a resident of Hinjewadi, Vikas Apte, said, “The session busted the myth that groundwater recharge can be done everywhere, it cannot. Groundwater recharge is the often a neglected topic since most of us are rejuvenating surface water or water bodies (rivers, lakes, reservoirs).

“The success of groundwater recharge depends on a scientific approach to hydrological studies for which Maharashtra groundwater recharge department has been constituted. There is a concept known as groundwater aquifers and just digging bore wells or rainwater harvesting will not help, till we understand the absorption capacity of the soil, strata and rock profile in our area,” he said.

First Published: May 05, 2019 16:31 IST