The National Water Resources Management Strategies (2015-2026)
Managing water for consumption.
Consumable water is important as it is the basic needs of living and well-being of population. Therefore, it is essential to provide consumable water for all people. Accordingly, this strategy’s objective is to provide consumable water for communities country-wide, extensively to every villages, urban communities, economic areas and important tourist attractions. The goals are to develop village-water-supply in 7,490 villages, recondition village-water-supply in 9,093 villages, increase waterworks system in 225 urban communities and expand waterworks system into 688 areas.
Providing water security in production sector, agricultural sector and industrial sector.
Production sector for agriculture and industry is a crucial role of society and the economy of the nation. The development of water resources for the production both in agricultural sector and industrial sector is consequential, so this strategy aims to supply principal water to create the security in production sector, industrial sector and other economic sectors. The goals are to develop restored water sources of not less than 9,500 million cubic meters, increase irrigation water sources covering not less than 1.3 million hectares (8.7 million Rai), provide 2,700 million cubic meters water sources of rain-fed agricultural areas, excavate 270,000 ponds in the paddy fields and develop groundwater supply for agriculture for 166,400 hectares (1.04 million Rai).
Managing floods and flood disasters.
The aims are to reduce the damage from flood disasters in urban communities and significant economic areas, relieve the damage and support the adjustment in agricultural areas, reduce the damage from the landslide and flash flood. The goals are to increase drainage capacity of more than 10% in the 870 kilometers mainstream watercourse, reduce the damage of the overflow of river bank in 10 crisis river basins and develop the flood prone areas in Chao Phraya river basin.
Managing water quality.
The aim is to create the fair quality of water resources. The goals are to develop wastewater treatment system in 201 communities and increase the efficiency of wastewater treatment system in 47 communities.
The conservation and restoration of watershed and degraded forests and the protection of the soil collapse.
Watershed forest area is the important area for humidity storing, water absorption, water flowing abatement and significant ecology system. Therefore, the aim of this strategy is to adjust the balance of ecology system, and the goal is to restore 763,200 hectares (4.77 million Rai) watershed forest area.
Management and Administration.
Nowadays, water resources problems are caused by disunion of the management both in policy level and operational level. Therefore this strategy aims to build the unity of the management by encouraging the establishment of organizations, laws, driven policies, supportive information system for decision-making in planning, public relations plans to increase understanding for people and monitoring and evaluating implementation.