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More heavy rain to affect many parts of Thailand

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A low-pressure cell over Cambodia has caused a monsoon trough to lie over the lower part of central Thailand, the upper south, and the east of the country since yesterday.

The Nation reports that there is also a strong southwest monsoon across the Andaman Sea, as well as the south and the upper Gulf of Thailand. Strong waves around 2-3 metres high are expected in the upper Andaman and upper Gulf, rising to 3 metres during thunder showers.

All ships should proceed with caution and avoid thunder showers, while small boats should stay ashore through September 19.

Rain is expected to continue in many areas, with heavy to very heavy rain forecast in particular for Rayong, Chantaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phuket and Krabi, with the possibility of severe conditions in some areas.

However, the North and North-East can finally expect an easing off of the rains that have caused severe flooding and disruption over the last few weeks.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Top 10 ways to save our water

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Hot weather and Thailand’s boom-or-bust water issues (floods in wet season and water shortages in the hot season) are a part of our life. It’s predicted that there will be hotter hot seasons and wet-seasons with less rain in the future. Even if we’re not sure what the future brings we should all be conscious of our water usage, be more self-sufficient and empower ourselves to do something positive to protect Thailand’s precious water reserves.

Here are a few ideas that may help you become more water-wise…

Shower with a bucket.

Don’t let all that water pour down the drain and stick a bucket next to you whilst you shower. The plants will be grateful for an extra drink on hot days and save you using the hose sometimes. Whilst you’re at it, cut your 5 minute shower down to three minutes. Really, you can sing somewhere else!

Make it a competition for the kids to see who can have the shortest shower. And, really, do we absolutely have to have four showers a day? No. A fresh spray of the deodorant and a fresh shirt will be perfectly OK during water shortages. For couples, well, shower together!

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth

Try leaving off the tap water until you want to rinse out your mouth. All that useable water flowing down the basic drain whilst you’re brushing isn’t making your teeth any whiter! Same when you’re washing your hands or washing your hair. Turn off the tap whilst you’re doing all the scrubbing. These little habits could end up saving tens of litres every time you do these daily tasks.

Top 10 ways to save our water | News by The Thaiger

Boiling food?

Once the left-over water has cooled use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants. Just make sure the water has cooled first. The water will be full of nutrients from the cooking and is perfectly suitable for using elsewhere around the house.

Washing the car at a car wash

It’s more efficient than doing it yourself at home. Car wash businesses recycle a lot of their water. Even better, drive around with a dirty car now and then – it’s not hurting you or the car and will save water by delaying your car wash. If you absolutely have to wash your car at home, use a bucket with some soapy water to hand-wash all the dirt off, then quickly rinse with fresh water.

Top 10 ways to save our water | News by The Thaiger

Get rid of the lawn

(Although going to be difficult if you’re a golf course!) Lawns use lots of water and daily watering during the hot season can soak up hundreds of litres of valuable water resources. Letting your lawn go brown, be assured it will come back in the wet season. And long-term, landscape accordingly with water wise ground covers, succulents, and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. Lawns may be a luxury we can’t afford in these water-conscious times.

Dishwashers

Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Even better wash the dishes by hand. Dishwashing machines are notable water wasters. Grab you partner or a friend and have a chat or a laugh for the five minutes it will take you to wash the dishes by hand. You could save up to 50-100 litres of water. And fill up the sink once and do all the washing together without leaving the water running all the time.

Top 10 ways to save our water | News by The Thaiger

Catch your own rain

Whilst it hasn’t been a worry in the past, our useable potable water supplies around Thailand are becoming an issue that won’t be fixed immediately. Consider installing a simple rain catchment system. They can be cheap or expensive and should be considered if you’re building a new house as an integral part of the design. Your roof is an amazing water-catcher. Use it.

Flushing

Flush the toilet less often and with less water. Most modern toilets have a half-flush option and there are other tricks to reducing the re-fill in your toilet’s cistern – putting a brick into your cistern is one way (gently!).

Water garden in the morning

Water the plants early in the morning. You’ll need less water, since cooler morning temperatures mean less evaporation. It’s not a great idea to water in the evenings, since this can promote mould growth in the humid Thai weather and hot evenings. And you really don’t need to water the driveway. It’s not growing. No one is going to walk past your house and compliment you on your sparkling clean drive-way.

Don’t wash the dog (or cat)

The dog WILL survive without being washed every day, or week. Indeed our dogs used to survive perfectly well without being washed at all. If the family pooch does need a wash try and use some of the water you saved from the bucket in the shower and be careful not to leave the hose on whilst rubbing in the shampoo. As for the cat, it is genetically programmed to clean itself better than you could ever hope to. Leave the cat alone – it NEVER needs to be washed.

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Thai PM will head new drought command centre

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Cabinet is expected to approve the establishment of a special command centre along with associated budget to tackle Thailand’s looming drought; expected to be the worst in four decades. The hot season is now well underway and is expected to continue until mid April.

Narumon Pinyosinwat, a government spokesperson, says the “command centre” will be headed by Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and was the brainchild of the National Water Resources Committee, in anticipation of water shortages, which are expected to be the worst for decades. Mrs. Narumon says the PM is fully aware of the severity of the upcoming drought and is instructing all agencies to prepare to cope with the problem.

The command centre will be divided into working groups, tasked with water management, water forecasting, early warning systems and public relations.

The NWRC and related agencies are also being empowered to develop a 20 year water management plan, to ensure that every Thai village and town will have access to clean water for consumption, for agriculture as well as industry.

In the north-eastern province of Nong Khai, on the banks of the mighty Mekong river, water resources officials report that the levels have dropped to an average of 1.46 metres, a whopping 10.74 metres below the top of the river bank. It’s also reported that algae and lichen are forming in the river bed as the water becomes stagnant. The current conditions make fishing is almost impossible.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Thai water officials warn local authorities to get ready for shortages

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The Office of the National Water Resources is warning that water stored in the country’s large and medium size dams is now dropping to the minimum useable level, urging measures from local agencies to ease the impact on the public.

This warning goes out with another three months of dry season hanging over Thailand’s head. The annual ‘wet season’ kicks off around the Songkran Thai new year festival which is held on April 13.

The Offices’ deputy Secretary-General, Samroeng Sangphuwong, says the total volume of water kept in resources nationwide stood at 49,789 million cubic metres, or 61% of their combined capacity.

“Of these, water for consumption amounted to 25,714 million cubic metres, or just 44%.”

14 large dams held less than 30% of their combined capacity. Meanwhile, reserved water in 91 medium resources are under observation.

“Currently, related agencies are adjusting their operations, focusing on supply to areas affected by water shortage, both inside and outside irrigation areas, within one or two months.”

“ONWR will monitor water allocations nationwide to ensure that supply is available during the drought season”.

Samroeng says the Royal Irrigation Department, Department of Agricultural Extension, and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand had already changed their water allocation plans from 25 large and medium reservoirs.

The ONWR is emphasising to related agencies the importance of water allocation for consumption and preservation of the ecosystem, especially maintaining water quality.

“ONWR will cooperate with other agencies in solve drought-related problems by launching appropriate measures.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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