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Lamtakong Dam short of water again
« on: June 19, 2015, 07:50:42 AM »
Lamtakong dam holds off supplying water for farmlands

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 18 June 2015 (NNT) - Lamtakong Dam, the major supplier of raw water in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, has announced it would stop providing water for farmlands until further notice, due to extremely low level of water.

The dam said it wished to reserve the remaining water for general consumption and planned to postpone the provision of water for agricultural purpose this year indefinitely. The dam management unit said the use of water for farming will severely strain the dam’s dipping water levels and will cause an extreme drought.

Dam officials revealed that drought crisis in the Northeast is reaching a critical point, as the dam currently holds 60 million cubic meters of water or only at 19 percent of its total capacity.

The amount of rainfall so far has been far less than forecasted and the Weather Bureau reported that not much rain would fall in the province during the next few months. Water demand from the dam will stand around 108 million cubic meters during the season.

Most other dams in the region are also facing a major decrease in water levels as they hold less than 50 percent of water out of the total capacity.