The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) is gearing up to tackle the potential dry spell during the upcoming rainy season, particularly from mid-June to July 2023.
The PWA has issued a directive to all its branches nationwide, emphasising the importance of remaining vigilant and closely monitoring the situation to ensure uninterrupted water supply services for people in all areas.
Mr. Wiboon Wongsakul, Governor of the PWA, stated, "According to the Meteorological Department, Thailand is now entering the rainy season. However, it is anticipated that there will be a slightly lower amount of rainfall than the normal average during the period from mid-June to July 2023, potentially leading to dry spells. Additionally, from August to October 2023, heavy to very heavy rains are expected, which can result in flash flooding and overflowing of riverbanks in various areas."
In response, the PWA has urged its 234 branches to promptly conduct surveys and assess the water levels in raw water sources. Measures such as pumping water to fill reservoirs, dredging ponds, constructing temporary dams, and establishing backup raw water sources in collaboration with other relevant agencies are being implemented. These efforts will not only help address the impacts of drought but also contribute to flood prevention and mitigation by collecting excess water during the rainy season. This approach offers a sustainable solution to both drought and flood challenges.
Governor Wongsakul added, "PWA has fostered integration and coordination with government agencies and the private sector to ensure preparedness. Personnel, water trucks, and bottled water with the PWA logo have been readied to provide timely assistance to affected individuals."
For further information, individuals can reach out to the PWA Contact Center at 1662, available 24 hours a day.