Awareness on judicious use of groundwater in Dmu

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/13/2021 1:03:23 PM IST

Geology and Mining department (G&M deptt) conducted an awareness programme on judicious use of groundwater, rain water harvesting and artificial recharge of groundwater here, on Tuesday at Council Hall, landmark colony.

Addressing the gathering, G&M deptt, director S Manen stated that groundwater was an important source of water for Dimapur as more than 75% of citizens were solely dependent on groundwater for drinking and cooking. 

He maintained that earlier, the awareness programmes were conducted in the office itself, however due to the necessity to address the issues, the department decided to conduct awareness programmes in various colonies. 

Manen further maintained that looking back to 15 to 20 years, well water was available at 25 to 30 feet however today, it had gone down to 200 to 230 feet in order to get fresh drinking water. 

He added that areas such as Court, Kacharigaon, Nepali Basti, etc., were some areas where in order to get fresh water, we had to dig as deep as 250 feet. 

He pointed out that if people continued wasting groundwater or not use it judiciously, they would face a severe situation.

In this regard, he said that in order to access drinking water, one has to dig as deep as 300 to 400 feet and that the state had already reached an alarming level. 

As nodal and technical department, G&M deptt initiated to conduct the awareness programmes in various locations to sensitise on using groundwater judiciously and hoped that the awareness programme would help improve the situation.

PowerPoint presentation on “judicious use of groundwater, rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge of groundwater” was presented by geologist Myingthungo, while chemist Temjen delivered a talk on the topic, “groundwater quality in Dimapur valley”.

The awareness programme also witnessed a group discussion moderated by retired additional director, G&M deptt, E Kikon and retired geologist, Katiwaba. 

Earlier, the programme was chaired by assistant geologist, Deventhong and vote of thanks delivered by drilling Er., Akumlong Sangtam. 

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