Pa Sak River

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Pa Sak River (แม่น้ำป่าสัก)
Pa Sak River bridge in Ayuttaya.JPG
The Pa Sak River flowing east of Ayuttaya's old city
Origin Phetchabun Mountains
Mouth Chao Phraya River at Ayutthaya Island
Basin countries Thailand
Length 513 km (319 mi)
Avg. discharge 2.4 km3 (0.58 cu mi)/yr
Basin area 16,291 km2 (6,290 sq mi)
Map of the Chao Phraya River drainage basin showing the Pa Sak River

The Pa Sak River (Thai: แม่น้ำป่าสัก, RTGS: Maenam Pa Sak, IPA: [mɛ̂ːnáːm pàː sàk], Pronunciation) is a river in central Thailand. The river originates in the Phetchabun Mountains, Dan Sai District, Loei Province, and passes through Phetchabun Province as the backbone of the Province. It then passes through the eastern part of Lopburi Province and Saraburi Province, until it joins together with the Lopburi River at the northeast of the Ayutthaya Island, before it runs into the Chao Phraya River in the southeast of Ayutthaya island around Phet Fortress area. It has a length of 513 km (319 mi) and drains a watershed of 16,291 km2 (6,290 sq mi). The annual discharge is 2.4 km3 (0.58 cu mi).

The valley of the Pa Sak through the Phetchabun mountains is the main part of Phetchabun Province. As the watershed of the river is rather narrow, the amount of water in the river changes a lot seasonally. To level the drought problems in the lower Pa Sak valley, in 1994 the construction of the Pa Sak Cholasit Dam (เขื่อนป่าสักชลสิทธิ์) in the Lopburi Province was started. The 4,860-meter (15,940 ft) wide and 36.5-meter (120 ft) high dam keeps a total of 0.785 km3 (0.188 cu mi) of water. Additionally to the water management the dam also supplies about 6.7 MW of hydro-electric power.

Tributaries[edit]

Tributaries of the Pa Sak include the Lopburi, Muak Lek, Phung, Pa Daeng, Kong, Sonthi, Wang Chomphu, Na, Chun, Duk, Khon Kaen, Yai, Saduang Yai, Ban Bong, Tarang and Phaya Klang Rivers.

Pa Sak Basin[edit]

The Pa Sak drains a total land area of 16,291 square kilometres (6,290 sq mi).[1] This Pa Sak Basin is part of the Chao Phraya Watershed.

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Coordinates: 14°21′51″N 100°34′48″E / 14.36417°N 100.58000°E / 14.36417; 100.58000