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DGR prepares to tackle Drought

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DGR prepares to tackle Drought

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BANGKOK, 20 July 2019 (NNT) - The Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) has constructed almost 2,000 ground wells, to alleviate the problem of shortages of water for consumption. The DGR is assessing drought risk areas together with other agencies, to better cope with the drought crisis this year.

 

Mr. Kusol Chotirat, Deputy DGR Director-General, said today the DGR has constructed a total of 1,894 water wells to alleviate the problem of shortages of water for consumption and groundwater for farming. Over 44 million cubic meters of water can be used per year. The DGR has assigned the private sector to build an underground water supply and drinking water systems for schools in need of drinking water.

 

As for the drought response plan in 2020, the DGR found that there are 244 households in 36 provinces which are prone to suffering in a drought crisis because of the small amount of accumulated rainwater compared to the same period last year.

 

After this, the DGR has a plan to construct groundwater wells at 67 border patrol police schools nationwide with a budget from the Groundwater Development Fund in honor of His Majesty the King, in the auspicious year of the coronation early in 2019.

 

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Basic water management in times of plenty may go a long way to resolving the ongoing problem.

At the moment this year has the potential to be one of the worst on record in the north.

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If that puddle pisser is an example of the 2000 wells they claimed to have sunk it is going to take decades, even centuries to replace the millions of cubic meters of water missing due to the poor rainfall in the last 3 months alone - who are they kidding ?

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

As for the drought response plan in 2020, the DGR found that there are 244 households in 36 provinces which are prone to suffering in a drought crisis because of the small amount of accumulated rainwater compared to the same period last year.

I think they missed out a thousand somewhere. Should read '244 thousand households in 36 provinces',,,,,... Didn't look very hard; did they?

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So when it rains and dams start to take water the problem is over and all is well again. 

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It seems they are going to be tackling water shortages for farmers

and schools,the rest of us connected to water supply relying on water

from reservoirs,which are emptying everyday and are not been replenished 

from rain water,seem to be on our own.

regards worgeordie

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40 minutes ago, geoffbezoz said:

If that puddle pisser is an example of the 2000 wells they claimed to have sunk it is going to take decades, even centuries to replace the millions of cubic meters of water missing due to the poor rainfall in the last 3 months alone - who are they kidding ?

What do you mean - that looks like a 2 inch pipe - it should take less than a century to restore the reservoirs!  🤣

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Oh yes the government supplied solar powered 2 inch wells.  You can NOT sustain a rice crop on such a machine, there simply is not enough water coming out to farm with.  The well will have to recharge, its not a magic water button.  The well has to recharge.  This is just dumb

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Couldn't they be using all those huge pumps that were shipped in when there was chronic flooding a few years ago?

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5 hours ago, jimmyyy said:

Oh yes the government supplied solar powered 2 inch wells.  You can NOT sustain a rice crop on such a machine, there simply is not enough water coming out to farm with.  The well will have to recharge, its not a magic water button.  The well has to recharge.  This is just dumb

And then they expect to use this for growing rice.  What they are overlooking is that next year they'll probably need that water for household use.  A little late when they have already tapped the aquifer for a water intensive crop.

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I really love this illustration of Thai thinking: not enough water? drill wells and seed clouds. What about a long term plan for a new agricultural production less demanding on water resources? These guys are just totally reactive, completely unable to think out of their tiny box.

I will abstain to mention their "90 days report" and TM30 solutions to address criminality issues in the kingdom.

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4 hours ago, Partenavia said:

It is now late July, there is no rainy season, the reservoir's are at historically low levels, still nothing appears to have been done.

And yet the school my kids go to in Chiang mai are unaware of the drought and have installed a fine mist water system around the school and these are the people who are supposed to be educated not.

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12 hours ago, rooster59 said:

he DGR has constructed a total of 1,894 water wells to alleviate the problem of shortages of water for consumption and groundwater for farming.

Next problem. Sinkholes. 

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11 hours ago, Oziex1 said:

So when it rains and dams start to take water the problem is over and all is well again. 

Actually it isn't that easy.

 

Have a look here http://www.thaiwater.net/DATA/REPORT/php/rid_dam_1.php?lang=en

 

and here http://www.thaiwater.net/DATA/REPORT/php/show_sm_dam.php?lang=en

 

Then select the dams nearest to you to see how much they need to be full and then simply guess how much rain would be needed to refill all these ground water bores.

 

IMHO they will need about 3 years average rainfall every year for the next 3 or 4 years to fill the dams up. Part of the problem is that there are too many water related agencies all sticking their fingers in the pie plus the governments going back many years come up with so many wonderful infrastructure plans such as the ECC etc they don't think about where the water will come from nor where all the waste water and sewage will go to.

 

When they build new roads and railways the manage to plan them so they block the older water courses which in turn causes flooding and they fill in the monkey cheeks and natural flood plains, which in turn will cause more flooding as the water has nowhere else to go.

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