Aquifer systems of Himachal Pradesh

Ground water utilization has increased significantly during the last two decades. The unplanned and indiscriminate use of this vital resource has resulted in declining water levels and water quality deterioration in certain areas. The apparent stress on ground water resources is more often a management issue, and this needs to be addressed in a holistic manner, for its long term sustainability, through an integrated approach. Aquifer mapping is an essential step towards the effective management of ground water resources. The atlas entitled “Aquifer Systems of Himachal Pradesh” is a step towards achieving the ultimate goal of aquifer wise management of ground water resources in Himachal Pradesh state.

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