Farmers can avoid losses by opting for a village-level aquifer mapping, which will enable them to know the source of recharge of ground water and measure water levels, G. Sudarshan, Regional Director of the Central Ground Water Board, Southern Region, Hyderabad, said here on Tuesday.

Winding up the first of the five three-tier training programmes organised by the board on ‘Preparation of village-level aquifer mapping and management’, at Mahatma Gandhi University, he said it would benefit 120 representatives of water users’ associations, progressive farmers, officials working in the water sector, research scholars and students.

Mr. Sudarshan said that the participants were happy with the presentations on assessing quality of groundwater, identification of priority areas and how to recharge ground water levels. They wanted such events to be organised at the village level. He said that another training programme had been proposed in Mothe mandal on February 11 and 12.

Water budgeting

Addressing the gathering on Monday, Collector N. Mukteswara Rao stressed the importance of creating public awareness on utilising every drop of water. He said the falling ground water levels in the district could be checked by going in for water ‘budgeting’ at village level.