East Water revealed the progress of water management project in collaboration with Rayong irrigation project for systematic data connection
East Water, in collaboration with Kasetsart University, has conducted the water management project to find the way to allocate water costs by connecting data of water resources in Rayong and find the way to increase efficiency and improve water transmission system in response to EEC area. It is expected that all sectors will benefit from this project.
East Water is preparing for being Smart Water 4.0 to deal with a higher demand of water supply in the eastern region for consumption and industry, which is expected to increase by 200 million m3/year in the next 10 years as a result of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) policy. Mr. Jirayut Rungsrithong, President and Chief Executive Officer of East Water mentioned that East Water is collaborating with Kasetsart University in creating water cost management system to increase management efficiency by connecting and integrating all existing data in the eastern region of RID and East Water to know the existing water status, water shortage and expected water resources. Then, information technology will be implemented in analysis and assessment of water situation in various contexts such as stability of water costs which are subject to change due to the periods and seasons, energy cost and utilization of water in many activities to select the most appropriate planning for water dimension based on the indicated conditions. This method is expected to help reduce the energy used for water diversion and to provide more complete services to clients.
Assistant Professor Dr. Nut Majaeng from Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University, informed that the first phase of the project was the development of the model of water cost and water distribution management, or EWMS, which has been finished in the previous year. For reliability and accuracy of the data, water situation monitoring and prediction system has also been improved continuously in the second phase by installation of more measurement tools such as water level measure and CCTV at the necessary locations to closely monitor water situation in the eastern region. Further, the data obtained has been linked to the network of water transmission piping system measurement of East Water, which enhances the processing of EWMS for the best performance of the system.
According to the study on water utilization, the rate of water used in the agricultural area was quite high, or over 2,200 M3 per rai. Therefore, in the second phase, in addition to the installation of measuring tools, the methods of increasing efficiency of water utilization in irrigated area of Ban Khai, Rayong Province (Ban Khai Wier) for agricultural purposes have also been explored. The study has been conducted in collaboration with Royal Irrigation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and other related agencies to promote the cultivation of the plants using less water with higher yield. The project focuses on farmers’ cooperatives for collective sale of products.
Mr. Jirayut additionally stated, “The current progress is at 39% as planned. The expected completion is October 2018. Recently, the water resources management team has met with Rayong Irrigation Project Director to report the assessment results of the irrigation system along the water transmission canals and irrigation buildings, which consists of the survey of the condition of water transmission canals, sediments and weeds blocking the water flow and the survey of the irrigation buildings, bridges and underground pipes on the right and the left of the main water transmission canal in the Ban Khai Wier area”.
The water resources management project is established as a result of the strong collaboration between the government and private agencies, between East Water and the RID, with the aim to increase irrigation efficiency, to increase the amount of water in Dok Krai Reservoir, Nong Pla Lai Reservoir and Khlong Yai Reservoir, to reduce the energy used in diversion of water from remote resources, to improve the quality of life of farmers, and to drive the GDP growth. Upon completion, this project will be beneficial for water users of all sectors.