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Good monsoon improves groundwater level in state
Anjali Marar | Wednesday, 23 November 2016 AT 11:48 PM IST
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Since 2009, it is for the first time that nearly 98 per cent of villages in Maharashtra have their wells replenished to the brim, dramatically improving the groundwater scenario.

Interestingly, Latur, one of the worst drought-hit regions in Marathwada, this year has no village housing wells where the groundwater has not maintained the normal levels.

This was stated in the post monsoon report issued by city-based Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA). This year, only 1,381 villages in the State have water levels depleted over one metre while the same figure last year was whopping 13,571 villages. Barring Aurangabad with 149 villages, all other talukas in parched Marathwada have experienced good recharge of water this year.

The groundwater situation in Pune, too, has improved appreciable with just 5 villages observing depletion over one metre as against 342 villages last year.

The report has noted that groundwater levels observed across most villages either have surplus water or have water levels touching the normal mark.

According to hydrologists, the main reason for this encouraging trend is well distributed rainfall during the monsoon season gone by.

“This year, the rainfall was fairly well distributed and also time interval during the spells was well timed which aided maximum water seepage,” a senior geologist at GSDA informed Sakal Times.

Heavy rainfall often forces the water to overflow, leaving very little scope for groundwater recharge.

The only exception has been Dhule in north Maharashtra, where below normal rainfall has also been reflected in its groundwater situation, which has not shown any marked improvement since 2015.

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