Groundwater levels rise in Telangana

Mon 03 Aug 2020, 11:35:10
Sixteen districts of Telangana recorded excess rainfall in July and the overall groundwater level in the State also improved during the period when compared to 2019.

According to the Groundwater department, a net rise in groundwater level of 4.86 meters was observed in all districts. The minimum rise of 0.56 metres was observed in Kumaram Bheem Asifabad district, while the maximum rise of 10.09 metres was recorded in Jangaon district. The Groundwater Department monitored the water levels during July-2020 through 958 Piezometers (monitoring stations) covering 589 mandals in 33 districts of the State.

The average groundwater level in the State during July 2020 compared to July 2019 was 9.26 meters below ground level (m bgl) and it varies from 4.13 m bgl in Khammam to 20.77 m bgl in Sangareddy. The net average rise in groundwater levels of 2.02 metres is observed during July 2020 compared to May-2020.

A fall was observed in Nizamabad (-0.33) and rise in 32 districts (0.17 metres in Wanaparthy to 4.84 metres in Hyderabad).

When we compare water levels during month of July-2020 with decadal average of July(2010-2019) levels, the rise in 477 mandals out of 589 mandals, is in the range of 0.02-15.46m which is almost 81 percent. Fall of 0.02-9.03 metres is observed in 112 (19 percent) mandals, a rise up to 0.5 metres is observed in 33 mandals, 0.5-1 metres in 39 mandals, 1-2 metres in 73 mandals and greater than 2 metres in 332 mandals.

During the water year 2020-21, the State has received rainfall of 439.8 mm against 373.4 mm of normal rainfall up to July 31, 2020 which ranges from 263.5 mm (Nalgonda) to 621.5mm (Mulugu) registering a 18 percent increase in rainfall during this period. The sixteen districts with excess rain fall are Bhadradri, Hyderabad, Mahabubabad, Warangal(Urban), Sircilla, Medak, Khammam, Rangareddy, Nagarkurnool, Jangaon, Vikarabad, Siddipet, Mahabubnagar, Narayanpet, Wanaparthy and Jogulamba(Gadwal).

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