Groundwater News

More scientific, real-time groundwater assessment for Maharashtra on cards

In case of Maharashtra, the natural geology comprising hard basalt rock limits seepage of groundwater in majority of its area. It not only poses a major challenge in western and central regions of the state but also leads to deeper digging of wells to extract natural reserves.

NGT pulls up Centre over its groundwater extraction notification

The Centre on December 12 notified revised guidelines for groundwater extraction effective from June 1, 2018.


Maharashtra: Expert team submits report on proposed groundwater Act, ministries to take final call

The recharge of groundwater in 2018 was not highly appreciable as in more than 3,000 villages in the state, groundwater levels had dropped over 3 metres, or to the maximum depth.

Groundwater extraction: Centre notifies revised guidelines effective from June 1

The guidelines also encourage the use of recycled and treated sewage water.

As groundwater levels dip, state proposes Act to monitor use, punish misuse

The Indian Express explains the Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Act 2018 and its significance, at a time when the state is reeling under drought conditions in several districts.

Proposed Maharashtra Groundwater Act: Expert panel formed to review over 4,000 suggestions, objections

Once implemented, Maharashtra will become the first state to have stringent measures to check not only the misuse of groundwater but also monitor the quality of groundwater, fix permissible depth for borewells and introduce mandatory registration for these wells. 


Maharashtra Groundwater Act: Deadline for sending suggestion extended to September 30

Once implemented, Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to regulate and have stringent measures in place to check on quality and pollution of groundwater. The act will also provide a forecast of the groundwater situation ahead of every cropping season, ensuring sustained availability of water.

This summer, groundwater stock good in Pune, Konkan

“Last year, 21 talukas in Aurangabad, 26 in Amravati and 34 in Nagpur regions received rainfall 30 per cent less than normal, affecting groundwater recharge. Adding to this was the misuse of water resources for farming,” said a geologist who took part in the assessment.

State-wise survey: Groundwater in Pune district ‘second-most contaminated’

Ambegaon, Indapur and Daund among ‘most affected’ areas in the district

India’s falling groundwater storage being replenished: Study

For the first time, researchers from India and abroad have given positive confirmation on the replenishment of groundwater storage at the regional scale.