Digging a farm dam

Phian has 12 rai just off the main road. It is a good long term investment. But she hasn’t had much luck getting it to pay for upkeep. She dug a dam and tried sugar cane. Only to get hit by the drought. Last year she planted rice but had difficulty getting into the lands, as bad drainage made it difficult harvesting. She then decided to dig a borehole and plant sugarcane again.

They found water. But the flow was not nearly strong enough to irrigate the lands.

In desperation she made the decision to excavate and dig a bigger, deeper, better dam.

Excavating soil Thailand

The crew consisted of a macro mechanical digger, two dumper trucks, and a tractor equipped with a grader blade and ploughs.

Digging a dam with a mechanical excavator - Makro

The two trucks carried the soil from the dam to the landfill site, dumping it for the tractor to shift and level.

Loading soil into dump trucks Thailand

There was much excitement when they hit water. A small spring virtually in the middle of the dam. And another in the one corner which trickled out of the dams wall.

Spring water Thailand

Concrete pipes were lowered over the spring in the floor to create a well. Not sure how this will work out. But will wait and see.

Casing a well Thailand

After the rains, once the soil has settled, the landfill will be used for building well out of reach of any flood water.

Flood protection Thailand

The trucks shuttled back and forth for two days. After which the macro was loaded onto a low loader and off to the next job. And that was when the skies opened and the rain came bucketing down.

Early rains Nong Prue Thailand

Leaving us to wake to a few large muddy puddles in the driveway.

After the storm

Which required a bit more digging and filling. But by hand this time.

Hot sticky work Nong Prue Thailand