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MWA warns of droughts next year
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:00:50 PM »

MWA warns of droughts next year

The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) is encouraging people across the country to conserve water over fears of potential droughts next year.

MWA governor Charoen Passara said water reserves in the Bhumibhol and Sirikit dams are critically low and significantly less than in the same period last year.

He said people can help by saving tap water ahead of a possible shortage next year.

Mr Charoen and officials from the Royal Irrigation Department inspected water diversion routes in the central provinces on Thursday as part of a study to find sustainable solutions to water problems.

In a bid to prevent drought, the authorities are seeking ways to divert water from Khlong Jorake Sampan in Kanchanaburi to Khlong Phraya Banlue in Pathum Thani. That water would then be released to the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya.

Suthep Noipairoj, deputy director-general for operations and maintenance at the Royal Irrigation Department, said the combined volume of water reserves in the Bhumibhol and Sirikit dams should reach 5,000 million cubic metres by Nov 1.

He said around 5,900 million cubic metres of water will be needed for farming, tap water for the Central region and maintaining the Chao Phraya River between now and the rainy season next year.

This means around 900 million cubic metres of water will have to be taken from the Kwai Noi Bumrung Daen and Pasak Chonlasit dams to ensure there is an adequate water supply until the next rainy season, he said.

According to a report by the Irrigation Department's water watch and monitoring centre there were 40,641 million cubic metres of water in large reservoirs throughout the country as of Sept 15, which is about 58% of total capacity.

Dams in the North currently have space for another 13,500 million cubic metres of water.

The Mae Ngad Somboon Chon dam in Chiang Mai is at 61% capacity, Kwai Noi Bumrungdam dam in Phitsanulok is at 59% capacity, Sirikit dam in Uttaradit is at 54% capacity, Bhumibol dam in Tak is at 38% capacity and Kiewlom dam in Lampang is at 25% capacity.

Dams in the Northeast have room for another 3,300 million cubic metres of water.

Nam-Un dam in Sakon Nakhon is at 83% capacity, Lampao dam in Kalasin is at 61% capacity, Moon Bon dam in Nakhon Ratchasima is at 51% capacity, Huay Luang dam in Udon Thani is at 50% capacity and Lamtakhong dam in Nakhon Ratchasima is at 48% capacity.

Dams in the Central and eastern regions have space for another 1,100 million cubic metres of water.

The Khundanprakarnchon dam in Nakhon Nayok is at 78% capacity, the Prasae dam in Rayong at 75% capacity, Pasak Chonlasit dam in Lop Buri at 61% capacity, Kraseao dam in Suphan Buri at 49% capacity and Bangphra dam in Chon Buri at 26% capacity.

Irrigation Department officials confirmed that the combined water reserves in dams are worryingly low. They said farmers in the provinces, particularly those living close to the Chao Phraya River, should pay attention to water reserve updates and strictly adhere to official instructions on water use for agriculture.

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Re: Canals to be dredged in Northeast to ease impact of looming drought
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2014, 11:43:02 AM »
Canals to be dredged in Northeast to ease impact of looming drought

IN A BID to ease the Northeast's drought woes, the government is going to spend Bt997 million on canal-dredging projects.
The programme will start next month and run until March next |year.

Jatuporn Buruphat, director-general of the Water Resources Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, told a press conference the ministry would join forces with the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute to implement these projects.

"This year, the average rainfall marks the lowest in 30 years," he said.

The Northeast is usually the region with the biggest drought risks. When the rainfall is particularly low, the threat of water shortages in the region is thus particularly high.

In fact, at present some 6,000 areas are already struggling with water shortages around the country. Nearly half - 2,846 - are in the Northeast.

The canal-dredging projects cover 13 northeastern provinces. Of them, Surin province has the highest number of projects at 25, followed by Nakhon Ratchasima with 14, and Khon Kaen with 13 projects. Funding for the projects in these provinces is Bt251 million, Bt138 million, and Bt143 million respectively.

Jatuporn said big cities in Isaan such as Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima were also at risk of water shortage.

Meanwhile, southern provinces face the risk of flash floods after downpours over recent weeks. Jatuporn warned that floods might hit Ranong and Chumphon in the near future.

"We have seen signs of floods. Locals should be on alert," he said.

Several other southern provinces were already under flood water as of press time.

In Krabi province, floods had engulfed more than 100 rai (16 hectares) of farmland and local officials were busy delivering help to flood victims.

In Satun province, several schools were closed in the face of raging flood waters.

In Phatthalung province, tourists were warned not to enter the water at waterfall attractions because of the risk of flash floods.

The Nation