Taps run dry in 3 Korat villages

Taps run dry in 3 Korat villages

The water level at Lam Chamuag reservoir has dropped sharply during the drought afflicting Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)
The water level at Lam Chamuag reservoir has dropped sharply during the drought afflicting Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Three villages with about 300 households are suffering from a severe water shortage as all sources of water have dried up.

All ponds and swamps serving as sources for tap water production for Moo 4, Moo 15 and Moo 15 villages of tambon Kham Thao in Non Sung district have been without water for over two months, leaving exposed cracks of dried soil.

The provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office is now using a truck to supply water to the three villages on a daily basis. The 6,000-litre truck makes one delivery to each village per day, carrying tap water from the Non Sung branch of the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PEA) about 20 kilometres away.

Saiyon Mungreeklang, 57, a villager in Moo 4, said this year's water shortage is the most severe in 40 years. The water supplied by the PEA is barely enough for consumption, she said, and only villagers who have an artesian well of their own have enough water for their crops and cattle, she said.

She said a long-term solution to the problem is needed.


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