BANGKOK, 16 July 2015 – The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) has downplayed concerns over the capital’s tap water, following reports of increased salinity due to seawater invasion.
The MWA explained that seawater invasion, which has been occurring since Saturday, raised the salinity of the Chao Phraya River to more than 0.5 grams per liter. Tap water during this period can taste more saline than usual, but is still drinkable, as it falls within the World Health Organization’s standards.
Water salinity is noticeable in areas on the eastern side of the Chao Phraya River, including Phra Khanong, Lat Phrao, Min Buri, Bang Khen and Samut Prakan. Residents can check the quality of water in their neighborhood via http://twqonline.mwa.co.th or call its hotline 1125.
The MWA has urged the public to conserve water during the ongoing drought crisis.