Ground Water Department

Government of Uttar Pradesh

Groundwater Policy

Policy for Ground Water Management, Rain Water Harvesting & Ground Water Recharge in the State of Uttar Pradesh
  • Uttar Pradesh is an agrarian state, where ground water resource has attained a prominent position as prime source of irrigation.
  • Nearly 70 percent irrigated agriculture in the state is mainly dependent on ground water resources. Water needs of drinking water and industrial sectors are also mainly fulfilled from ground water.
  • Due to unlimited & excessive use of ground water, the situation of over-exploitation has emerged in many rural & urban areas of the state.
  • Ground Water development is the need of state, therefore long-term management and planning becomes essential for the stressed areas like over-exploited/quality affected areas.
  • The State Government is serious for the sustainable management of this resource alongwith its conservation. The programmes like rain water harvesting, ground water recharge and aquifer management have been kept amongst the top priorities of the government.
  • The need is to prepare comprehensive ground water management policy in the state with the aim to manage ground water resources in a sustainable way and to implement rain water harvesting and recharge programmes in an integrated manner.
  • The State Government has issued a “Comprehensive Policy for Ground water Management, Rain Water Harvesting & Ground Water Recharge in the State” vide Government Order, dated 18 February, 2013.
  • To ensure regulated exploitation and optimum & judicious use of ground resources.
  • To initiate National programme of aquifer mapping and aquifer based management in the state in a planned way for overall ground water management.
  • To implement ground water recharge programme on a large scale in an integrated manner and to bring over-exploited/critical blocks into safe category in a time bound manner.
  • To effectively implement conjunctive use of surface water and ground water.
  • To promote efficient methods of water use in the stressed areas.
  • To give priority to the river basin/watershed approach in ground water management planning and conservation.
  • To identify ground water polluted areas in order to ensure safe drinking water supplies.
  • To implement ground water conservation and recharging programmes by the concerned departments through participatory management approach in a co-ordinated and integrated manner.
  • To make provisions of effective legal structures for ground water management.