|The Bhumibol Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Ping River, a tributary of the Chao Phraya River, in Amphoe Sam Ngao district of Tak Province, Thailand.|
BANGKOK, THAILAND. Tap water supply in Bangkok will likely to run out in a month, Mr. Thanasak Watanathana, governor of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority said on Monday, July 6.
Water shortage is due to the decade-long drought that Thailand has suffered keeping the water levels in the key reservoirs of Thailand in low critical condition.
Last November, the three top water dams that flow into the Chao Phraya River, one of which supplies Bangkok's tap water, only collected 5 billion cubic meters which is 3 billion cubic meters short from the typical 8 billion cubic meters.
In an attempt to maintain water levels in the dams, the government has asked farmers to refrain from planting rice since last October but to no avail.
"Right now, there is only enough water in the dams to distribute for about 30 more days – if it doesn't rain," Thanasak said in an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Metropolitan Waterworks Authority has advised Bangkok residents to reserve at least 60 liters of drinking water in the event of a shortage and urge people to conserve water.
Authorities also said that saltwater from the Gulf of Thailand creeping into Chao Praya River is also one of the causes of the water shortage.