His Majesty the King on Sunday (Dec 3) presided over the official opening of Naruebodindrachinta reservoir in Nadee district of Prachin Buri province.
On the same occasion, the people of Prachin Buri joined HM the King in releasing one million fish fries of many species into the reservoir.
The reservoir which is also known as Huay Samong dam is a Royally-sponsored project which was initiated by the late HM King Bhumibol Aduldej in 1978 to harness Phra Prong and Huay Samong which are tributaries of Prachin Buri river in order to provide year-round water supply for agricultural and consumption for people in Prachin Buri province.
In 2009, the cabinet then approved the project and construction began the following year. The project was completed this year.
The Huay Samong dam is an earthen dam. It stands 32 metres and 75 centimetres tall, nine metres wide at its top and 3,967 metres and 51 centimetres long. It has the capacity to store 295 million cubic metres of water which is enough to feed 111,300 rai of farmland in Nadee and Kabin Buri districts.
The multi-purpose dam also serves to maintain ecological system, to ease flooding, to drive back sea water in the Prachin Buri and Bangkapong rivers and to act as a buffer to prevent forest encroachment in Tap Larn and Pang Sida national parks.
Irrigation officials started storing water in the reservoir last year and, until October, over 221 million cubic metres of water have been stored.