Tapped Out: MWA warns public to stock up on fresh tap water

Bangkok taps may run dry, public works officials warn.

Persistent drought and an infusion of sea water from high tides may result in a lack of fresh tap water throughout the capital, Tassanee Rerksantiwong of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority warned yesterday.

Those who rely on tap water should store some in advance in case of shortages, which could begin as soon as Monday.

Water is being diverted from the mighty Chao Phraya River to offset the saltwater which is hitting some of the MWA’s pumping stations.

On March 3, 4, 9 and 10, high tides could inundate the Sae Lae pumping station in Pathum Thani, hampering the delivery of fresh water through the system.

Residents of Thonburi’s Phasi Charoen district, Taksin, Suksawat, Mahasawat and parts of Bang Bua Thong should be unaffected.

Industrial and residential consumers can get more information from the MWA hotline at 1125.

The MWA is also asking consumers to conserve their water use due drought conditions, MCOT reported.

Photo: MCOT


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