HYDERABAD: While it has been raining heavily across Hyderabad, government statistics suggest that the state has received 11 per cent less rainfall than normal for the month. Moreover, eight districts in the state — Pedapalli, Jagtial, Asifabad, Mancherial, Nizamabad, Nirmal, Sircilla and Medak, have recorded deficit (beyond -19 per cent) rainfall in September. While this year the average rainfall for Telangana till September was recorded to be 647 millimeter (mm), last year 943 mm rainfall was recorded till September. Not surprisingly, groundwater levels have already started to fall across the state as there has been less rainfall this year as compared to last, providing less waster for recharge of groundwater.
As per groundwater report for Telangana for the month of September, decline in groundwater has been recorded in 23 of the 31 districts in the state, when compared to groundwater levels in the state last year September. The average groundwater level for Telangana in September this year was 9.36 metres (m) compared to 8.95 m last year. Rise in groundwater levels is seen only in eight districts, ranging from a meagre 0.03 m rise in Medak to a maximum of 5.48m rise in Yadadri district. The steepest fall in groundwater level this year September as compared to last is seen in Medchal district, as the groundwater fell there from 5.57m to 8.82m.
Hyderabad ground water further falls by one metre
September saw many heavy intense rainfall days in Hyderabad, however the groundwater report has made it clear that such short duration heavy rainfall does not help much in recharging the groundwater levels. Hyderabad recorded a fall of about 1 metre, as groundwater level fell down from 4.03m last year September to 5.02m this year. Among all mandals in Hyderabad the steepest fall in groundwater level was at Ameerpet where it fell by 1.65m from 13.30m last year to 14.95m.