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Tarla, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra: Prospecting for well water

I am from Tarla, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra and want to dig a well in my farm for cultivation of vegetables and for Domestic use.  I have a Bore well 50 feet deep, submersible pump and I get water for 1 Hour at a stretch. Then the water runs out , to recharge again it take 2 hours and the same process continues.

                                          Now i have planned to dig a well, for farming purposes.  I have people saying that I will get water at 25 feet deep but they dont have any proof. Therefore i am worried.  The money which I will allocate towards well construction is on loan from the bank and if I do not get water then it will result in a loss. This leaves me with a hard decision to make.  Could help me find a reliable source for  prospecting, correct well construction?

 Allwyn Leo Fernandes




Dear Allwyn Leo Fernandes,

It is better to go for geo-physical surveys which are based on scientific method. You may contact the agencies like CGWB, State Ground Water Departments and Hydrogeologists working in the area.

In Maharashtra, AFPRO conducts such kind of technical studies. You may contact them for help at the following address: Mr. S. G Salunke, Unit Manager, AFPRO Field Unit-I, Rose Cottage, Station Road, Ahmednagar-414001, Maharashtra.

You can refer other online link in the series
OR ov/region4/sesd/ fbqstp/Groundwater-Level-Measurement.pdf+how+to+measure+correct+well+depth&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=in


Anita Bhatt
WES-Net India


As rightly stated by Dr. Anita Bhatt, the right course of action would be to engage expert geophysical services provided by AFPRO.

Pending action in that direction, let me analyse the problem faced by Allwyn Leo Fernandes. The yield of his bore well is less than the capacity of the pump used. He can replace the existing pump with a low capacity pump. As the well appears to be a low yielding well, he can use a compressor pump to pump out whatever water available in the well.

Normally bore wells are constructed to a depth of a few hundreds of feet. It is not clear why drilling was stopped after reaching a depth of 50 feet. It is possible that in his land sheet rock devoid of any water occurs beyond a depth of 50 feet. If this is established through local well inventory and/or geophysical survey, a dug well is preferred over a bore well. The diameter of the dug well may be kept as low as practicable, but well depth should be till the bedrock is reached to ensure good yield.

In any case, engaging the expert services of a reputed agency such as AFPRO is better to avoid risk of another well failure.

Dr. R. Jagadiswara Rao
Retired Professor of Geology
Sri Venkateswara University
Tirupati, AP 517502

Dr. R. Jagadiswara Rao, Professor of Geology Retired, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, AP 517502, India

3. How to get loan to dig a well

Hi Sir / Madam

My name is Vishal Rangavkar. I am living in Nirval, taluka Chiplun, district Ratnagiri, Maharashtra and want to dig a well in my farm for farming purposes. I want information about how to get loan from the govt for digging a well. My father has retired from the army and I would like to know if I will get any benefit coming from an Ex-Serviceman family.

I am Import-Export Degree holder from Indian Merchant Chamber, Mumbai. I have chosen agriculture as my focus field. I have a 7.5 acre area field for cultivation and my problem here is water my grandfather had dug a well, but after 25ft black rock was found and my father told me this rock will cut the water we get from this well

Could help me find a reliable source to obtain govt loan to dig a well.

Vishal Rangavkar

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