Indore: Indore has been declared a water scarcity-hit district, where a ban has been imposed on digging of borewells.

The step has been taken due to depleting water table and non-availability of sufficient water in the ongoing summer season.

Besides a ban on borings, drawing water from rivers, dams and other sources for irrigation or industrial use has also been prohibited, he said.

District Collector Raghvendra Singh has issued an order to this effect under the Drinking Water Conservation Act 1986. The order, which came into effect on April 1, will remain in force till July 31.

The order was issued after it was found that the level of water in hand pumps in rural areas was depleting fast during summer. Over 1,000 hand pumps have already dried up, the official said.