More waterways to be dredged to make room for more water


BANGKOK, 21 September 2015 -The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has dredged waterways deeper to make room to store more water as the recurring drought crisis remains a concern. 

The Natural Environment and Natural Resources Minister General Surasak Kanjanarat, recently presented a policy to the DWR that is focused on ensuring the availability of water for consumption, especially for those living beyond the irrigation system.

DWR Director General Jatuporn Buruspat also briefed the Minister during his visit, over the progress made on restoring the ecosystem and natural sources of water.

Mr. Jatuporn also advised that an early warning system has been installed in 1,900 areas prone to floods and mudslides. while 403 more are expected to be set up during the coming year in 6,300 communities.

The search for underground water and other sources of water is also now underway. In addition, more than 1,800 villages across the country have already had their water systems upgraded.