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21 percent of water are left in five dams in Korat

KORAT: There are only 21 percent of water left in five dams in Nakhon Ratchasima which are below forecast, said Mr Chidchanok Somprasert, director of the 8th Irrigation Office.

He noted that water in the five dams namely Lam Takong, Lam Phra Ploeng, Moon Bon, Lam Sae and Lam Plaimat had been receding steadily to the extent that only 21 percent of water are left in the dams.

The amount of water in the five dams is as follows: 52.9 million cubic metres in Lam Takong against full capacity of 314.4 million cubic metres; 30.1 million cubic metres in Lam Phra Ploeng against full capacity of 109 million cubic metres; 27 million cubic metres in Moon Bon against full capacity of 141 million cubic metres; 44.7 million cubic metres in Lam Sae against full capacity of 275 million cubic metres; and 34.8 million cubic metres in Lam Plaimat against full capacity of 96 million cubic metres.

Mr Chidchanok pointed out that the remaining water in the dams was below anticipation and the recent rains have not helped much in replenishing the dams. But he is confident that the remaining water will be enough to meet consumption demand until the arrival of the rainy season.

The director is optimistic that the water condition in all five dams will definitely improve in July when more rains are expected.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/163242

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-- Thai PBS 2016-05-14

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Reservoir storage 14 May 2016 (unit: MCM)

Reservoir Current level(% normal capacity) Usable storage (%) Bhumibol Dam 4,113 (31%) 313 (2%) Sirikit Dam 3,653 (38%) 803 (8%) Pa Sak Jorasit Dam 238 (25%) 235 (24%) Wachiralongkorn Dam 3,775 (43%) 763 (9%)

Taken from the web site shown in Post # 3 above. Sorry the website displays in a different way when copied to here.

For example Bhumibol Dam current level is 31% but usable storage is only 2% etc etc for other dams.

Does "Usable storage (%)" mean that there is an average of only 8.6% of potable water left from the average of 27.4% of "Current level (%normal capacity)" ? This means that of whatever water is in the dams 91.4% is unusable or non-potable.

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^ I live very close to a reservoir, they have done a lot of work this past few months to make it bigger, great - now we need rain as last year it was only half full (or half empty!) at the end of the rainy season, not sure what they expect from making it larger apart from creating some work for the "carefully" chosen contractor and showing folks they are doing something!

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