Andhra Pradesh

Plummeting groundwater levels raise water worries in Vizag

The average groundwater level in the city has fallen to 10.4 metres from 9.61 metres in a year.  

With the north-east monsoon playing truant and fast depleting water levels in the major reservoirs, water scarcity situation is raising its head in the city. Adding to the worries of the residents, bore-wells in many localities have either dried up or are yielding less.

Water woes is staring at residents in areas such as Muralinagar as the wells, a major source, dried up by the second week of April. “The municipal supply is available on an average for 45 minutes a day and a total supply of 60 MGD is maintained. But, drying up of borewells is resulting in total dependence on municipal water, making the supply a difficult proposition,” Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) officials say.

Reservoirs drying up

Apart from groundwater, the municipal supply is the only source on which the residents depend now, says a resident of MVP Colony.

With the water levels at Gosthani river, Gambhiram and Mudasarlova reservoirs depleting fast, areas such as Madhurawada, P.M. Palem, Visalakshinagar and Arilova are getting water supply from Yeleru reservoir. The water reaching from Yeleru reservoir to Kanithi Balancing Reservoir is brought to the new 42 MGD filtration plant at Narava. From there, around 7 MGD of water is being pumped to Endada via Town Service Reservoir to maintain supply in the areas, the officials say.

The district has received 865.7 mm of rain since June 1 last year when compared the normal of 1,072.8 mm. The city has received virtually no rain from September last year. As a consequence, the average groundwater level has fallen to 10.4 metres from the 9.61 metres a year ago.Several urban areas including YSR Park (18.366 m), Sivajipalem (17.351 m), Kanithi Colony (12.418 m) and Gopalapatnam (11.696 m) have recorded a worse fall in the water table . Some areas like Narava, Peda Gantyada and Gollalapalem, however, have showed improved levels.

“The situation has turned from bad to worse recently. It’s not rare that the city receives about 100 mm of precipitation even in April. But this time there is no luck,” Groundwater Deputy Director K.S. Sastry points out. The average fall in the water table, he says, indicates the trend. “Local factors such as sinking more borewells without maintaining the prescribed gap in between and overexploitation of the water resources is making the situation worse,” he adds.

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