CHIANG RAI – Colonel Songyos Thongkon,Deputy Commanding General of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment of Royal Thai Taskforce presided over the opening of the Royal dam at Bu Saw Village, Mae Fah Luang District Chiang Rai . The Dam was constructed in honor of the King’s 87th Birthday Anniversary celebrations on the 5th December 2014.
Bu Saw Village dam will be used to block the Creek flow area to reduce the chance of floods, which will prevent future flash floods and create a water source for the community located at the Thai-Myanmar border area.
Colonel Songyos Thongkon said, “the benefits of checking the dams are to reduce leaching and soil erosion, although it first needs to reduce the severity of the creek flows. It then adds moisture and expands to a wider area either side of the creek. As a result sediment retention will make the lower river shallower and slow it down in turn creating more biodiversity. In addition it will become a source of raw materials and public water supply to the wildlife in the area. Another important effect is that it reduces the severity of forest fires in the dry season”.
The dam has been constructed with a combination of concrete objects and natural materials such as bamboo, stone,. The area was sanded by the military and agencies in the area have joined the people working in the construction of the dam, as it creates capital. The parties will have enormous benefits, which will be durable and the costs won’t be high.
By Kittima Chanwattanasil