Korat water shortage 'critical'

Korat water shortage 'critical'

The water level in a reservoir in Phi Mai district of Nakhon Ratchasima has dropped due to the drought that has hit the province. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)
The water level in a reservoir in Phi Mai district of Nakhon Ratchasima has dropped due to the drought that has hit the province. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Like in other parts of this northeastern province, water shortage in three districts -- Phimai, Chakarat and Huay Thalaeng -- is now critical as the Lam Chamuak reservoir, their main source water, is drying up, according to local media reports.

The reports said the water level in the reservoir at Moo 6 village in tambon Nikhom of Phimai district is now at only 25% of its full capacity of 32 million cubic metres. The reservoir usually supplies water to the three districts, both for agriculture and tap water production.

Sirisak Raksiri, 35, a native of Phimai, said water in the Lam Chamuak reservoir is unusually low this year due to the widespread drought and lack of rain.

As a result, he said, officials at the reservoir have stopped supplying water for farming. The remaining water will be used only for the production of tap water feeding 20 villages in five tambons in Phimai, Chakrarat and Huay Thalaeng districts, he added. Villagers fear the water supply would be insufficient for the forthcoming dry season.



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