Irrigation Department of Chiang Mai urges citizens to use water sparingly


“The current drought situation is the worst it has been in a decade, with only 1.4 square liters of water running per second. The municipality‚Äôs request for water for the moat has had to be delayed as water for households is the main priority at this time.”

The Director of Chiang Mai’s Irrigation Department said yesterday the department had added 300,000 cubic metres of water to the province’s Mae Jok Luang reservoir which supplies water to the irrigation canal.

“Due to water shortage in the Wat Umong area of Suthep District (north of city centre) many reservoirs are being emptied out to supply water to the public.”

He says with people at home under quarantine due to Covid-19 this year, households are consuming far more water than normal. If consumption continues at this rate, he warns, there could be a shortfall in the coming weeks.

While there are still numerous reservoirs and pockets of water to draw from across the area, their levels are dropping at an alarmingly rate. The director urges everyone to use water accordingly and to not waste it as water is precious at this period time.

SOURCE: Chaingmai City Life

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