Source: News Bharati English09 Feb 2017 15:50:08

Mumbai, February 9: Today every state is heading ahead due to technological development. Maharashtra is another example now because measuring groundwater levels digitally is the new decision taken by the government.  Groundwater management will soon be the digital process.The State government is planning to introduce the digital water level recorders for wells across the state. Technologically it becomes far more accurate than the manual processes. This will be integrated and brought on to a common platform using Geographic Information System GIS.

Officials at city-based Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) said that the main aim is to keep handy the exact levels of the groundwater table, which often keeps fluctuating either due to excess drawing of water for irrigation or poor water management techniques.It will not only help the officials in undertaking better planning of contingency measures, schemes for water conservation, particularly in case of higher rate of water level depletion, said the officials.

“The proposal for setting up digital meters has been submitted to the state government. We are awaiting the budgetary allocations, following which tendering and installation processes can be initiated,” said a senior official at Groundwater Survey and Development Agency GSDA.

Groundwater levels were found to have hit the bottom of the table, at some places over 5 metres. Lowest levels were reported from Marathwada and Vidrabha regions, following poor monsoon during two consecutive years (2014 and 2015). Depending on the level of water depletion, the agency had to alert respective district administrations and suggest measures to curb the drawing of water from these wells. Under the soon-to-be adopted digital scheme, the water level shall be monitored more frequently. Experts are of the opinion that, even monthly review shall largely aide the planning.