Water level in several dams starts to recover


BANGKOK, 21 July 2015, Recent rains have brought a rise in the water level of various dams, while rejuvenating the agricultural sector in the northern region.

The water level of the Kwai Noi Bumrung Dan Dam yesterday had increased by 1.9 million cubic meters, and now exceeds the 100 million cubic meters mark. About 57 million cubic meters of water can be distributed to the local population; the amount is equivalent to 10.71 percent of its total 939 million cubic meters capacity.

The increased volume of water is attributed to recent rainfalls in several districts in Phitsanulok Province. The Kwai Noi Bumrung Dan Dam discharges about 1.7 million cubic meters of water daily.

Meanwhile, farmers in the provinces of Phrae and Nan have resumed rice farming operations after the recent rain. Phrae has already declared its eight districts drought-free.

According to the Irrigation Department, it has discharged water for both consumption and agricultural purposes, since rainfall replenished the water level in Bhumipol and Chao Phraya dams. The department said farmlands that had already planted seed longer than six weeks ago, would receive water first. It assured the public that the agency would continue to monitor the situation closely.