Major dams ordered to adjust water management plans


BANGKOK, June 5 — Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has ordered the agencies concerned to adjust their water management plans for major dams after the water level was lower than earlier forecast. 

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Chavalit Chookajorn said the water level at major dams and reservoirs were worrisome as the volumes of water were below the plan.

He said the Meteorological Department reported that rainfall has been normal this year but water supply in the dams and reservoirs are limited, with most used during the dry season.

Taking into consideration normal rainfall, it is expected that the water in the dams and reservoirs would not be enough for the dry season next year, Mr Chavalit said.

The ministry has ordered the agencies concerned to jointly analyse the situation and seek measures to prevent a water supply shortage, Mr Chavalit said. The measures will cover the water management plan for the next dry season including artificial rainmaking to increase water volume in the dams and reservoirs.