“No water crisis within the Chao Phraya basin” – Irrigation Department

PHOTO: Bhumibol Dam in Tak when full, now holding solely 4% of capability
The Royal Irrigation Department is assuring farmers and residents in the central and north-east that there isn’t any risk of Thailand of extreme water shortages. This is despite little rain in some areas during the annual moist season and the low levels of the Chao Phraya River basin’s 4 major dams.
The Department stories that…
• Bhumibol Dam in Tak province had 682 million cubic metres, a mere 4% of capability
• Sirikit Dam in Uttaradit province contained 391 million cubic metres, again only 4% capacity
• Kwae Noi Dam in Phitsanulok province had eighty million cubic metres or 8%
• Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri province had 35 million cubic metres or 4%
This meant a mixed 1.18 billion cubic metres of water was out there to be used from the 4 dams.
Despite the alarming figures, an Irrigation Department spokesperson advised the general public to not panic and guaranteed the country wouldn’t suffer a critical water shortage in forty days as had been rumoured and reported.
“There remains to be Odd and water pouring into the dams on a daily basis. Compared to the state of affairs in 2015 when dams may release only 18 million cubic metres of water a day for consumption, this year’s situation continues to be higher.”
He urged individuals to save water as a precaution against a disaster that might rise as climate was unpredictable.
Farmers on the Chao Phraya River basin’s upland have been asked to postpone their rice planting till the rainfall becomes regular to stop injury to crops..

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