BANGKOK (NNT) – The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has unveiled its rainwater management plan for this year’s rainy season in the Chao Phraya River Basin, promoting a unified approach to water management.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, serving as the director of the national water command, has called for related agencies to put in place flood and rainwater management plans, covering the removal of garbage and debris obstructing water flow.
Related agencies have so far removed some 500,000 tons of debris from 143 locations, to improve flow capacity, and have prepared land in the Chao Phraya River Basin to serve as water retention areas, allowing for the storing of water for later consumption in the dry season.
The government has drafted 9 long-term plans to help mitigate flood disasters in the Chao Phraya River Basin, enhance water use for farming and solve related issues while promoting public participation by local communities to help ensure water security.
The ONWR Secretary General Somkiat Prajamwong said solutions to water issues require cooperation from all sides, in order to push for development and progress.
He said the ONWR has made long-term plans to solve flood issues inthe Chao Phraya River Basin, which will affect the Greater Bangkok area, which is considered a key economic area of the country.