BANGKOK, 12 June 2019 (NNT) - The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has held an event to provide knowledge and communication channels on water resource management during this year’s rainy season. The event was held at the Thai Army Club on Vibhavadi Rangsit road, Bangkok, and was attended by some 40 relevant agencies.
After presiding over the event, the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, said water resources have not been successfully managed because various units are working separately. The government is aware of its importance and has developed a strategy and a master plan for sustainable water resource management. Today, the ONWR is the main agency responsible for integrating operations of the different units. The ONWR has reduced the size of flood-prone areas by 7.8 million rai (about 3.08 million acres). More than 4.35 million households have benefited and the public can use four million cubic meters of additional water. Annual spending on water resource management has been reduced to 18 billion baht, which is four times lower than many years ago. However, the country’s water resources are still not enough to meet all the demands, but the government will do its best to solve the problem. As for the recent floods in Bangkok, the Prime Minister called on officials to monitor the situation at all times and take responsibility when flooding occurs. He also asked the people not to link this issue with politics.
At the event, there were demonstrations of tasks carried out by ad hoc centers, and 13 agencies presented their innovative ideas for better water resource management. The event enabled all sectors to understand how water resources are managed during the rainy season.