EGAT eases water discharge from 2 major dams after continued heavy rain

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BANGKOK, 2 June 2012 – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand has decided to lower the amount of water discharged from certain dams after more areas have been experiencing continued rainfall. 

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT)’s Assistant Governor Kitti Tancharoen said that the sub-committee tasked with the follow-up and the analysis of the water situation has agreed to lower the amount of water released from Bhumibol Dam and Sirikit Dam during June 1st to 10th.

Mr. Kitti said that the decision was based on the fact that there has been continued heavy rainfall in related areas.

He stated that the daily water discharge from Bhumibol Dam has been cut to 12 million cubic meters while the amount of water from Sirikit Dam has also been lowered to 17 million cubic meters per day.

Currently, water storage at Bhumibol Dam and Sirikit Dam amounts to 46 percent and 49 percent of their respective capacities.

According to Mr. Kitti, the combined amount of water stored behind both dams now totaled 4.21 billion cubic meters, which, he assured, is sufficient for agricultural purposes.

He added that the 2 major dams can still accommodate an addition of some 12.1 billion cubic meters of water.