Govt ensures sufficient water as drought continues


LOPBURI – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has assured the public of sufficient water throughout the remaining dry season, while relevant agencies work to refill dams along the Chao Phraya River.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow, together with executives and officers from relevant agencies today gathered at PasakJolasid Dam in Lopburi province to assess the effects of the present drought.

Following a helicopter flight over the area, Thammanat stressed that the drought this year might be considered the worst in many years, however, the Royal Irrigation Department has assured farmers and members of the public, that the remaining water will be sufficient for normal daily activities, except for out-of-season rice farming.

Statistics compiled at the four major dams namely Bhumibol, Sirikit, KwaeNoi Bam Rung Dan and PasakJolasid, today show roughly 3.477 billion cubic meters or 19% of the total capacity is in storage, after a continuous reduction from November’s measurement of 5.377 billion cubic meter.

The water level at that time was already considered the second-lowest in 20 years, just behind 2015 that stands at just 4.247 billion cubic square meters.

The lower than usual water levels in the dams is due to unusual weather patterns, resulting in less-than-usual precipitation. The public is urged to use water sparingly while agriculturalists must refrain from conducting out-of-season rice farming.

A full rainmaking operation is slated to be carried out starting tomorrow, to enable the dams to increase water storage.

Drought in the kingdom usual runs from November to May.