The Water Resource Ministry yesterday warned that the water level at the Mongkol Borey reservoir in Banteay Meanchey province is falling due to drought.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the ministry noted that the reservoir only has enough water to supply Mongkol Borey district for three more days and steps are being taken to top up its level.
It said that the reservoir was facing a drop in levels because the water was drawn from it for more dry-season rice cultivation than planned.
The statement noted that water was meant to be used to cultivate 7,000 hectares of paddy fields but was drawn to irrigate 80,000 hectares.
Chan Youttha, a spokesman for the Water Resource Ministry, said yesterday that the provincial water resources department and local authorities are pumping water from the Serei Saophoan reservoir in Serei Saophoan district to supply the Mongkol Borey reservoir.
He appealed to local authorities to remind farmers not to cultivate more dry-season paddy and conserve water for them and others to use for daily needs.
Mr Youttha said people must conserve water because the dry season will last for a long time.
“After examining the reservoir we found that the water level is low because of the drought,” he said. “We are pumping water from the Serei Saophoan reservoir to top up the level.”
“From now on, if people only use the water for daily needs, the reservoir can supply them until the dry season ends,” Mr Youttha noted.
Mongkol Borey district governor Roath Dasinong yesterday said 8,000 families in the district depend on the reservoir for their daily needs.
“People have been using a lot of water to cultivate dry-season rice a lot and now the local authority and water resource officials have intervened by pumping water,” he said.