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East Water concerns on the drought and asks Thai people on water-saving. Promote Water Complex against drought

East Water promotes Thai people on water saving against drought in. Thai people are invited to use less water. Water Complex will be promoted to help the water management worthily and completely. The cooperation is urged from all agencies to mitigate the drought crisis.

The drought in this year comes fast and is expected to be most severe in the period of 20 years. Currently, the amount of water in the 4 main dams is totally 2,945 million cubic meters calculated as 16%. They are divided into Bhumibhol Dam for 811 million cubic meters, Sirikit Dam for 1,459 million cubic meters, Khwae Noi Banrungdan Dam for 290 million cubic meters, and Pa Sak Jolasid Dam for 385 million cubic meters. The data is referred from Royal Irrigation Department as at 1st March, 2016. It is expected to be sufficient until June, 2016. However, according to the statistics for the use of water in the Chao Phraya basin, water is still used in the increasing volume in agricultural and industrial sectors, operational places, and household with the use of around 20 million cubic meters per day. Especially in Bangkok, the maximum water consumption is up to 5 million cubic meters per day. The government has to seek for the cooperation from all sectors to realize the problem of water shortage possibly occurring in this dry season.

Mr. Wittaya Chaisuwan, President of the Board of Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Company Limited or East Water performing the water management in the system of Water Grid in the east has expressed his concerns, “Now the water situation in Thailand is very worrisome. All agencies need to start water saving measures seriously from now on to provide water during the coming dry season. East Water begins to encourage employees and tenants to appropriately use less water for 20%. Moreover, this water recycling system has also been used in the buildings for wastewater reusing following the government’s policies."

Previously, East Water pays attention to the prevention and solution of drought continually. The concept of water management is proposed with the focus on water use efficiently and environmentally friendly in the Water Complex project. This is the arrangement of water system completely and appropriately for the use of each industry and the wastewater can be recycled. This project will meet the needs of the government to solve the drought problem sustainably.

Water Complex can also be used by the household sector by arranging the Reclaimed water system or the two pipeline water system to separate the good water from the wastewater. The water is then applied through the small treatment system and recycling process for reusing the wastewater in the flushing system and for watering trees. It is expected to have more water in the system for more than 800 million cubic meters per year.

The amount of recycled water is comparable to the capacity of the Pa Sak Jolasid Dam. Therefore, it can be said that the water complex system should be the water management which can solve the problem of water fighting between agricultural and consumption sectors in the long term effectively.

For the water situation in the Eastern region, Mr. Wittaya Chaisuwan adds, "The overall water situation is not worrisome. Except in the provinces of Chonburi and Chachoengsao, they are still be monitored. However, East Water has a contingency plan to prevent drought by providing the water supply from the private soil pond additionally for 4.6 million cubic meters as well as rushing the untreated water pipeline project of Nongplalai - Nongkho 2 causing the volume of water to increase for supplying to the water users in the industrial and consumption sectors in the areas of Chonburi and Chachoengsao. There is also the project to develop Thabma untreated water storage pool in order to increase the cost water to the area of ​​Rayong which is planned to be completed by mid-2016.

The trucks are also provided to supply tap water and bring water to service public in the operational areas to help people to have water to be used during the dry season. Moreover, there is the meeting with all relevant authorities including Royal Irrigation Department, Provincial Waterworks Authority, and group of industrial plants on monthly basis to monitor the situation closely. We are confident that the Eastern region will be able to get through the drought successfully like the last year certainly.

The amount of water in the main reservoirs in Rayong which are Nongplalai, Dokkrai, Khlongyai, and Prasae is totally 211.59 million cubic meters calculated as 73.3% more than in the same period of the previous year by 12.4%. If it does not rain, this volume of water can be available for another seven months. For Bangphra Reservoir and Nong Kho Resevoir in Chonburi, the volume of water is only 41.97 million cubic meters calculated as 30.3% of the total capacity of the reservoir which is lower than in the same period of the previous year by 13.6%.

In the economics and investment in the East in 2016, the investment still grows continually particularly in the area of ​​Pluak Daeng- Bowin due to the factor of investment promotion of public sector and the start to enter AEC in line with the demand for water use this year increasing by 2-3% from the previous year