Irrigation Department Considers Fruit Juice to Help Alleviate Water Shortage


As water supplies have fallen critically short in the wake of a drought, the Royal Irrigation Department has considered supplementing the shortage with fruit juice, according to national Thailand sources. Fruit juice from an unknown brand may soon be dumped into rivers and reservoirs to make up for the lack of water.

The situation has become critical at the Ubonratana Dam. Just a few days of water are left. Three other dams in the Chao Phraya River basin report water supplies are decreasing rapidly.

A local beverage company said they were ready to infuse 1 billion cu/m of an unspecified fruit juice into the river system.

“The juice would take a bite out of the drought until the rain comes,” a spokesperson said.

Local conservationists have rejected the plan as the impact on the environment is extremely uncertain.