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Phayao Lake water level sees a sharp drop

By The Nation

 

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The water level in Kwan Phayao, or Phayao Lake, has dropped to only 19.45 per cent of its capacity because of the ongoing drought, an official said.

 

Pramote Pingmuang, a senior engineer of the Phayao Irrigation Project, said the lake, which has a capacity of 33 million cubic metres, has seen its water level drop to 9.45 million cubic metres.

 

He said the irrigation office has shut the watergates to preserve raw water for making tap water.

 

Pramote said local people should minimise their use of water as the ongoing drought could further affect the lake's water level.

 

Somchart Thamkhantha, director of the Phayao Freshwater Fishery Research and Development Office, said fishery officials were now monitoring the lake's water quality due to worries about its impact on fish in the lake.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30373185

 

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In May June 2016 the lake dropped to a very low level. Lower than it is now. The Wat in the lake which people visit by boat had to have a foot bridge erected so the tourists could visit. It was only temporary . On the western side of the lake they also excavated  parts of the lake to allow greater water storage. 

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5 hours ago, ripstanley said:

In May June 2016 the lake dropped to a very low level. Lower than it is now. The Wat in the lake which people visit by boat had to have a foot bridge erected so the tourists could visit. It was only temporary . On the western side of the lake they also excavated  parts of the lake to allow greater water storage. 

OK, but it's almost end of July.

' shut the watergates to preserve raw water for making tap water' - this might become 

the main problem. For humans. And for the fish too. And then for humans again.

But really interesting, we have an ' ongoing drought ' an official said.

Let's hope there will be more rain the next weeks.

But better not this(CCR):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDey60Hm3O8

 

 

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7 hours ago, tomazbodner said:

Humans are capable of making oil pipelines over vast geographies, put it in ships and carry it around the World. And oil isn't even that much more expensive than water.

 

Why can't the same be done for water? It's surely more important than oil.

I will sell you water for $50 a barrel ......

 Water in Thailand is about 10 baht a cubic metre

There are over 6 barrels to a cubic metre

That makes water about 1.6 baht a barrel (say 5 cents)

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The rainy season is delayed somewhat … we are not seeing any significant falls that would indicate the wet is upon us.

God speed up the rain … for Christ sake ! 

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We had good rain for 30 minutes this afternoon on the western side of the lake. Nothing in Phayao township. First rain for almost 2 weeks. We need a lot more.

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2 hours ago, tomazbodner said:

Let's have this argument in 10 years.

 

 

Tomaz, I would agree that water is undervalued. But the sheer economic cost of moving large quantities of water around (especially pumping it uphill) would be prohibitive. Also, there is an environmental impact (which is case dependent). Many large scale water transfer projects have been suggested, but few implemented - thankfully.

 

I'm sure that when they dammed the rivers feeding the Aral sea, no-one thought that 40 years later the sea would have practically disappeared. A massive environmental disaster.

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Posted (edited)

 

I've been waiting for her for so long

Open the sky and let her come down

Edited by MeePeeMai

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@rickudon

' But the sheer economic cost of moving large quantities of water around (especially pumping it uphill) would be prohibitive. '

 

I think, for example, the Romans some years ago were able to organise this.

Our society is at least a bit lazy. And stupid too.

They/we don't realise the urgency of this water thing.

Because it's so basic?

Do we really need kindergarden kids to think about this and that each Friday?

 

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In July 2019 in Chennai, India they ran out of water, but they don't have aqueducts,

so they use trains:

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Btw. it's almost the same latitude as Bangkok:

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On 7/19/2019 at 9:06 PM, MeePeeMai said:

 

I've been waiting for her for so long

Open the sky and let her come down

Thanks, but

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So on YT  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajkDmWG8OAk

 

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