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The drought situation
« on: January 20, 2016, 02:16:43 PM »
Government to expedite relief measures to help farmers affected by drought

The government is planning to divert water from alternative sources to parched provinces as part of its drought relief measures.

Chief of Armed Forces Development Command General Hassapong Yuwanawattanaha visited Ang Thong province to observe the canal dredging operation in Pho Thong district. A group of soldiers have been dredging Khlong Wat Sai Canal in an attempt to create a water retention area.

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Re: The drought situation - Rice growers drilling wells in dry riverbed
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 06:30:22 PM »
Rice growers drilling wells in dry riverbed


Rice growers draw groundwater from a well drilled in the dry Yom River in Bang Rakam district, Phitsanulok, on Wednesday. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha)

Some rice farmers in Phitsanulok province are drilling wells in their dry riverbed to get around the Irrigation Department's warning not to grow off-season crops due to the water shortage, insisting it's the only livelihood they know.

About 100 rice growers in Bang Rakam district of the northern province were now depending on underground water from wells drilled right in the middle of the Yom, the main river running through the district, said Wirat Phutkosa, head of Moo 2 village in tambon Chumsaeng Songkhram of Bang Rakam district.

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Severest drought in 20 years hits Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen province is facing its severest water shortage in two decades, with Ubonrat Dam at only 27% of its holding capacity, according to the provincial fisheries office.

Provincial fisheries chief Nawarat Jitpiromsri said that with such a small quantity of water the province is certain to face the severest drought in 20 years in 2016.

The provincial water management committee had asked farmers to definitely not plant a second crop this year, or raise fish in floating baskets, he said.

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Drought in Isaan growing more severe

The drought situation in the northeastern region has increased in severity with 10 districts of Nakhon Ratchasima now in dire need of water.

Authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima have had to send out 6 water trucks carrying over 36 thousand liters of water to aid residents affected by worsening drought conditions in the province. A total 10 districts have reported major impact from the situation with as many as 60 thousand households feeling the effects of the water shortage. Local administrators have exhausted 50 million baht in enacting measures such as water dispersion and canal dredging to alleviate the plight of residents.

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Re: The drought situation
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2016, 04:05:48 PM »
Thanks Thaiga for the update - just 4 months or so to go then, until the beginning of the rainy season - that's if there is to be one in 2016 ! It's serious !
 

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Re: The drought situation
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2016, 04:23:37 PM »
Yes very serious roger. but .......... Thailand seems to have the habit of recovering very quickly
Dang-mo it is then - amid the drought crisis.


Rice farmers use cool weather to switch to watermelons

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Re: The drought situation
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2016, 04:53:39 PM »
More than half of the country are short of water



 About 59 percent of the total area of the country covering 548 districts are now classified as water shortage area, according to the National Water Resources Committee.

Of the 548 districts listed as water shortage, 138 districts are located in the Chao Phraya river basin and covered by irrigation system where second-crop cultivation is widespread.

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Plenty of water, but moving it to dry areas a problem

Enough water remains for consumption this dry season, but distributing it to non-irrigated areas will be difficult, government authorities said on Friday.

At a news conference at Government House, Supoj Tovichakchaikul, director-general of the Department of Water Resources, said that from January to April, usable water reserves are calculated at 20.7 billion cubic metres, comprised of 19.3 billion cu/m in irrigated areas and 1.4 cu/m in non-irrigated areas.

Water demand in the four-month period is projected at 15.5 billion cu/m, of which 8.3 billion cu/m of demand is seen coming from non-irrigated areas, and the rest from irrigated zones.
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Re: The drought situation - Water reserves sufficient
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2016, 12:31:51 PM »
Water reserves sufficient, insists RID

Chao Phraya dams 'able to meet demand'

Water reserves in reservoirs which feed the Chao Phraya River basin will be sufficient for consumption in the upcoming dry season, deputy chief of the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) Suthep Noipairoj said on Friday.

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DDPM begins drought-relief campaign

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has carried out a survey of 11 provinces severely hit by drought in preparation for the introduction of emergency measures.

DDPM Director General Chatchai Promlert has disclosed that provinces needing urgent help included Chiang Mai, Uttaradit, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Phanom, Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi. The DDPM has sent its officials to affected areas to assess remaining water supplies and estimate people’s needs. All the information will be used to offer solutions that suit individual zones.

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Re: The drought situation - Moon river dries up in Buri Ram
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2016, 06:27:07 PM »
Moon river dries up faster than usual in Buri Ram

The Moon river in Buri Ram’s Satoek district has dropped sharply and prematurely exposing mid-river sand dunes and sparking off concern that they may not be enough water for consumption to last through the hot season.

Residents living along the river in Tambon Tha Muang, Tambon Sakae and Tambon Satoek of Satoek district said that usually the river would run dry exposing the sand dunes in late March or early April but, this year, it came early in February.

Residents who make their living by fishing ..............

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Re: The drought situation - Doi Saket's lotus flowers wither and die
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2016, 06:33:49 PM »
Doi Saket's lotus flowers wither and die


Lotus flowers at Nong Bua Prachao Luang reservoir in Chiang Mai's Doi Saket district have withered and died as severe drought hits this northern province. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)

The severe drought in Doi Saket district has destroyed one of its major attractions -- the lotus flowers in Nong Bua Luang Reservoir that symbolise the area.

Chalerm Sarnpaeng, mayor of tambon Choeng Doi municipality, said the tambon is experiencing the most severe drought in the past 10 years.

The water level in ............

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Re: The drought situation - shrinking sugar cane yield to 4-year low
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2016, 12:52:11 PM »
Drought seen shrinking sugar cane yield to 4-year low

Drought is set to cut the country’s sugar cane crop to the lowest in at least four years, curbing production of the sweetener as forecasts for a global deficit increase.

Cane output may fall below 100 million tonnes in 2015-16, Thai Sugar Millers Corp said in a statement Thursday. It would be the first time below that level since 2011-12 and compares with 106 million tonnes last year.

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Re: The drought situation - Will we have a songkran
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2016, 06:58:11 PM »
Will we have a songkran i wonder, as the water shortage looks like it's getting critical, maybe they will reduce the number of days.

Thailand to face worst drought in 20 years

As Thailand is expected to face the worst drought in 20 years and that four million rai of paddy fields are expected to be affected, authorities are now urging people to use water economically and possibly using less water in celebrating the Songkran festival.

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Re: The drought situation - Songkran The Show Will Go On
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2016, 12:57:50 PM »
Songkran Will Go On Despite Drought: Tourism Authority

Despite threats of persistent and severe drought, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said the annual water fight festival that marks the traditional Thai New Year will go on as normal.

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Re: The drought situation - No Songkran water wars, govt urges
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2016, 08:44:09 AM »
drought crisis

No Songkran water wars, govt urges

PM wants cooperation from public amid fears about severe drought and low water levels in country's dams
THE government wants the famed Songkran Festival this year toned down to "rod nam dam hua" - pouring a small amount of water on the hands of revered elders to ask for blessings - in the face of the country's drought problem.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is concerned about the drought and has asked for public cooperation in saving water, while waterworks authorities are controlling water supplies, Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.

He said the government would soon campaign more to save water by asking the public to offer water blessings during Songkran instead of engaging in "water wars".

Along with saving water, the premier wants to preserve the good tradition of the festival, he added.

Sansern reported that Prayut was scheduled to lead related ministers on a visit to the Northeast from March 16-18 to inspect drought-hit areas, possibly at Udon Thani and Nong Khai provinces.

The spokesman dismissed reports that the entire country was facing severe water shortages.

He said the Royal Irrigation Department reported there were 3 billion cubic metres of water in four major dams while there was enough water in dams for people's general use and for maintaining dams' bio-systems and for pushing out seawater along the Chao Phraya River basin area.

Sansern said most farmers knew there was insufficient water for agricultural purposes so those growing rice would be doing so at their own risk.

The spokesman admitted some areas had been hit by severe drought, with drought disaster zones declared in 46 districts of 12 provinces.

He said the Cabinet had approved drought-relief measures worth Bt93 billion via the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives to aid some 670,000 farmers.

He said the government would increase water supplies by launching royal rainmaking operations from March 1 in Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Kanchanaburi, Udon Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chanthaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Surat Thani provinces and by digging 2,000 wells in the Chao Phraya River basin area.

Hospital crisis

Meanwhile, Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Wichian Chantharanothai and his team yesterday visited the 30-bed Phra Thong Kham Hospital, which is suffering a serious water shortage. That is particularly the case for cleaning medical instruments and for patient use - both bathing and consumption.

Wichian said the installation of a Bt400,000 salt water filtering system at the hospital would be completed early next month and that should alleviate the problem.

The hospital receives 10,000 litres of water a week from two tambon administrations. It needs about 100 litres a day to wash medical equipment.

Wichian said that to find a long-term solution the provincial health office had approved Bt1.8 million to build a water-filter facility at the hospital.

In Nakhon Ratchasima's Bua Yai district, many farmers have seen their rice paddies wither.

Ten districts in the province, including Bua Yai, have been declared drought-disaster zones.

It was reported that some 57,000 households and 466,000 rai (74,000 hectares) of farmland in the districts have been affected.

Irrigation Office 8 director Chitchanok Somprasert said water levels in the northeastern province's five main dams were falling.

The Lam Takhong Dam is at 26 per cent of capacity, the Lam Phra Phloeng Dam is at 63 per cent of capacity, the Lam Chae reservoir 28 per cent, the Mun Bon reservoir at 27 per cent and the Lam Plai Mat Dam is at 50 per cent.

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Re: The drought situation
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2016, 03:04:48 PM »
Hi JF. That's really concerning.
I'm up in the North atm and in this area you can see new 'pits' and pipes being sunk for water everywhere.
The launching of rain making operations is an interesting one !
But taking more water from more pits and boreholes only improves the situation in a tiny area and takes more out of the water table.
Lets hope for consistent strong rains this coming season....
 

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Re: The drought situation - Khao San Road vows not to dampen Songkran fun
« Reply #16 on: February 29, 2016, 12:44:16 PM »
Khao San Road vows not to dampen Songkran fun

In defiance of PM's call for austerity in use of war, famous city tourist venue says it will be a failure if capital is short of water for festival.

A Khao San Road business leader says the Songkran Festival in April at the famous tourist area will not be affected by the government's call for no "water wars" during the festival due to the drought situation.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Saturday urged Thais to celebrate Songkran this year via the traditional "rod nam dam hua" ceremony - the pouring of water over the hands of elders.

But Khao San Road Business Association president Piyabut Jiwaramonikul said there would be no change to this year's Songkran celebration at one of the city's largest sites for celebrating the festival.

"I don't think Songkran celebrations for only three days will waste too much water because people usually enjoy the water wars by firing water guns, which need less amount of water than splashing water on each other," Piyabut said. "I can assure the tourists and the people that they will have fun on Khao San Road this Songkran as always, as we still have water in Bangkok."

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Re: The drought situation - Big rain making operation
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2016, 12:51:09 PM »
Big rain making operation starts to ease troubles from expected worst drought this year

The government yesterday launched the big ever artificial rain making operation to ease the expected worst drought in 20 years in the Central Plains, starting first in Nakhon Sawan where more than 30 aircrafts were used.

The operation involved more than 30 rainmaking aircrafts consisting of 22 aircrafts from the department and 8 aircrafts from the Royal Thai Air Force.

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Re: The drought situation - rainmaking kicks off in subdued mood
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2016, 11:21:49 AM »
Artificial rainmaking kicks off in subdued mood


Planes of the Agriculture Ministry parked at Wing 46 in Phitsanulok on Tuesday, waiting for suitable condition for cloud seeding to make artificial rain and relieve the drought in the lower northern provinces. (Photo by Chinnawat Singha)

Artificial rainmaking operations to combat the drought began officially on Tuesday, but lack of favourable conditions kept the planes on the ground.

But late on Tuesday afternoon the planes were still on the ground in Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima and Phitsanulok airports, with weather conditions not favourable for cloud seeding. And it was doubtful many would be flying on Wednesday

The 12 provinces severely affected by drought are Chiang Mai, Uttaradit, Phayao, Sukhothai, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Phanom, Buri Ram, Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi and Sa Kaeo.

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Re:The drought situation - Lam Takhong dam sufficient tap/supply
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2016, 11:43:02 AM »
Lam Takhong dam has sufficient water for tap supply


A general view of Lam Takhong dam reservoir. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

The amount of water in Lam Takhong dam is sufficient for production of tap water for the surrounding region until the rainy season arrives, provided people use water economically, the director of the dam, Suthiroj Kongkaew, said on Tuesday.

Lam Takhong dam reservoir now holds about 72 million cubic metres, or 24% of its capacity of 314.49 million cubic metres. This amount of available water was  sufficient to supply about 100 tap water plants in the Lam Takhong basin until August.

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As Taps Go Dry, Hua Hin Questions Immense Artificial Lagoon


Promotional image showing the MahaSamutr development in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Photo: MahaSamutr / Facebook

Thailand’s first manmade beach and huge artificial lagoon is raising eyebrows among residents facing a critical water supply problem.

MahaSamutr, a new luxury property development in Hua Hin was reportedly visited by the police this morning after local residents filed a complaint over its possible misuse of water, according to Matichon Online. The recently opened private club has filled a 72,000sqm lagoon while tap water service was disrupted in many households last week, and the reservoir supplying the club is critically low.

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Drought exposes old road behind Lam Takhong dam


A 9km-long stretch of the old Mittraparb Road (Friendship Highway) has re-emerged after water levels at the Lam Takhong dam in Nakhon Ratchasima province dropped substantially. The 148km two-lane road from Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima was constructed with the help of the US government after World War II. The road was submerged after the dam was built. (Bangkok Post photo)

The critically low water level in the Lam Takhong reservoir has uncovered a long stretch of an old road built by US soldiers and submerged by the lake 48 years ago after the dam was completed.

The dam's reservoir, a major water source for this northeastern province, is down to 26% of its capacity due to the severe drought.

Towns and villages in 10 or more districts, including Pak Chong, Sikhiu, Sung Noen and Kham Thale So, rely on the reservoir for tap water production.

The inspection showed the supply has run dry, and the old Mittraparb Road (Friendship Highway), which has been underwater for 48 years, has now re-emerged for a distance of more than nine kilometres.

American soldiers helped build the 148km road running between Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima, with construction starting in 1955 during the administration of Field Marshel Plaek Piboonsongkhram, symbolising US-Thai friendship.

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Re: The drought situation
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2016, 02:45:32 PM »
Thaiga - been up North for a week and the water is really low in the 3 dams I've seen - looks 20% or less.
We watched a Lady quietly trying to chop weed grass in a dry paddy field and the ground was ROCK hard with little prospect of relief from the neighbouring dam which had cattle grazing on verdant grass - at the bottom.
Let's hope for a strong long rainy season.
 
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Re: The drought situation
« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2016, 04:25:54 PM »
Yes roger it's not looking good, but thailand seems to survive all that is thrown at it and pull through everytime, lets hope this situation will be the same and the rains come.

THE DROUGHT has now hit wildlife and could force animals to intrude into human communities for food and water as natural water sources dry up, an expert warned yesterday. However, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation revealed that Khao Yai National Park and Kui Buri National Park had already prepared water for animals to minimise intrusions into inhabited areas.

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The Bangkokpost reports that Lam Takhong's stored water 'will last until August'  Lam Takhong dam has enough stored water to provide household and tap supply until August in the area it serves, the dam's management announced on Thursday.

The announcement was issued by Suthiroj Kongkaew, director of the Lam Takhong dam, to deny reports by several news services that the dam reservoir held water sufficient only for the next two months.

What do you guys think should they cancel songkran or not ............
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Re: The drought situation - Water levels critical in northeast
« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2016, 11:58:56 AM »
Water levels critical in northeast

The drought situation is persisting in many provinces with water levels at Ratchaburi’s Huay Mai Teng Reservoir now at concerning levels.

Ratchaburi is experiencing its driest conditions in 15 years. Drone surveillance of its main reservoir has found that only 2.8 million cubic meters of water, or 8 percent of its capacity is left. Water for agriculture has been completely suspended.

Similarly, Ubon Rat Dam in Khon Kaen only has 638 million cubic meters of water, or 20 percent of its capacity with only 2 percent available for general usage. The region’s waterworks authority has had to prepare reserves by drawing water from nearby areas to avoid having to use possibly contaminated dam water.

In Udon Thani, Water Resource Department authorities have stepped up the drilling of ground water wells to supply water to Ta Boh district of nearby Nong Khai province, which no longer has clean water for drinking and usage.

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Drought in 42 provinces under close watch

The national drought monitoring centre is keeping a close watch on 42 provinces at risk of running out of water for household and other essential use, permanent secretary for agriculture Theerapat Prayoonsit said.

Mr Theerapat said the centre is chaired by Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya and is also manned by the Interior Ministry staff including provincial governors of the respective provinces.

The centre is keeping a close watch on the sitution in the 42 provinces and was ready to provide help if they run out of household water, he said.  He did not name the 42 provinces.

"In general, water in major dams is, with proper management, still sufficient for consumption, pushing out brackish water and maintaining the eco-system throughout the dry season until the rain arrives, possibly in July.

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Royal rainmaking operation to be started nationwide

Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Director General Lersak Riewtrakulpaiboon said that the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation will be focusing on adding more water to the nation's four main dams including Bhumibhon Dam, Sirikit Dam, Kwae Noi Dam and Pasak Dam.

Pasak Dam will require a large volume of water to enhance its capability in allocating water resources to generate water for consumption.

The planes for the royal rainmaking operation have been prepared in addition to eight planes, which have been provided by Air Force, to distribute 6,500 tons of royal rain to the area.

However, the increased amount of water will depend on how severe the drought situation is. Currently, it is still necessary to request for public cooperation by conserving water usage.

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Re: The drought situation - farmers storm weir demanding more water
« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2016, 01:40:43 PM »
farmers storm weir demanding more water


Farmer protesters observe the low water level at the Mae Yom Weir in Phrae’s Song district on Monday. (Photo by Taweeporn Sookkasem)

A group of disgruntled farmers on Monday stormed the province’s main weir in Song district to demand officials open more sluice gates to quench their thirsty, drought-ravaged fields.

About 200 rice and fruit growers from tambons Dan Chumpon, Hua Muang and Thung Nao arrived at the Mae Yom Weir at 11am and refused to talk to the irrigational officials. They marched through to the sluice-gate control room to see if they had been opened.

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Bottled drinking water producers called for meeting to ensure no hoarding or price increase

 The Internal Trade Department will call a meeting with 11 major producers of bottled drinking water to assess the problem of water for consumption and to make sure that the price of bottled drinking water is not increased.

An informed source said that the department planned to categorize bottled drinking water as “sensitive” product subjected to high priority monitoring to make sure that there is no shortage, no arbitrary price increase or no profiteering hoarding.

Meanwhile, water sources for tap water in northeastern provinces are quickly drying up posing a serious problem for Provincial Waterworks Authority.

In Udon Thani for instance, only 13 percent of water are left in Huang Luang dam for consumption prompting the business sector in the province, including the provincial chamber of commerce, hotels and hostels to start cutting down water consumption to ensure there is sufficient water until May when rains are expected.

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4,000 artesian wells will be ready by April to ease water shortage problem

 Authorities concerned have stepped up the dredging of artesian wells hoping to dredge up to 4,000 wells within next month so there will be water for consumption and farming purpose to ease water shortage problem, said government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd today (Monday).

He disclosed that, so far, 2,192 artesian wells have been dredged – 1,104 wells for consumption and the rest for agricultural purpose.

As far as artificial rain-making is concerned, the spokesman admitted that the effort has not been very successful due to the low humidity in the air although the effort has been stepped up.

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Re: The drought situation - Water on Special Price Control list
« Reply #29 on: March 09, 2016, 03:27:24 PM »
Thai Government Puts Water on Special Price Control List

The Thai government has added drinking water to the special price control list to protect citizens as the country faces an impending drought. Internal Trade Department director-general Wiboonlasana Ruamraksa said the government was keeping a close eye on the drought’s impact, which went into effect earlier in the year.

Drinking water has been included in the special price control list for daily monitoring, according to Ms. Wiboonlasana. She did note that the drought will not impact the drinking water supply, so consumers need not be concerned.

The MWA (Metropolitan Waterworks Authority) urged households to reserve a minimum of 60 liters of drinking water for the drought season, which lasts until May. There will be less tap water available for households in Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut Prakan.

While the MWA is anticipating some issues with tap water production, it remains confident that it will be able to continue supplying tap water to its 12 million customers.

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