Deeper borewells being dug as water crisis in Chennai hits new depths

  • | Wednesday | 19th June, 2019

Madhumitha Viswanath ByExpress News ServiceCHENNAI: The water crisis in Chennai has forced residents to dig deeper borewells — even to 1000 ft at some places — at astronomical costs to meet their needs. In Maduravoyal, groundwater levels have plummeted from 9.25 metres to 10.4 metres in just a month. In June 2017, groundwater levels had dropped to an average of 5.4m, while this month the levels have dropped to nearly 8.8m. “We need 750-800mm of continuous rainfall to replenish the aquifer,” said a TN groundwater resources centre official. “Contractors used to charge Rs 350- Rs 400 per foot for drilling through the shallow aquifer and Rs 75- Rs 80 for hard rock layer.

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