RID to discharge more water as rains replenish dams

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BANGKOK, 31 July 2015 – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has decided to raise the daily water supplies by another one million cubic meters per day to help provinces along the Chao Phraya River.

Deputy PM’s Office spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the RID has been releasing 19 million cubic meters of water, instead of 18 million cubic meters, to sustain the ecological system and support the agricultural sector and public consumption in 22 provinces.

According to Maj Gen Sansern, the RID has scaled down its water management plan as the arrival of rainy season has boosted water levels in the main dams. Thundershowers last week increased water reserves by more than two million cubic meters. Rainfalls yesterday alone added another 51 million cubic meters to the dams.

Despite the improving situation, Maj Gen Sansern commented that Thai people should be aware of the importance of water and continue to conserve water and adopt the habit of resource conservation.