In preparation for next year’s dry season, the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) will reduce the release of water from four reservoirs that flow in the Chao Phraya River basin by 10 million cubic metres per day.

RID director-general Sanchai Ketworrachai said water must be conserved for tap and agriculture requirements incase there is insufficient rain downstream from the dams. He also suggested that the public should use water economically, especially during Songkran festivities.

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Agricultural cutbacks were also requested. Farmers should grow crops other than off season rice to help relieve water shortages he said. A number of tourist attractions have also been hit, with a loss on income being the main concern.

Closure of Huay Mae Khamin waterfall in the Srinakarin Dam National Park due to the dry spell is a good example. Park chief Mr. Thiti said the waterfall has been reduced to a trickle and has been closed since March 13th and will remain so, until water levels rise.

The park however is still operational, providing other services and entry to the park is of course free.

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