MWA brushes aside rumors of water shortages in residential Bangkok

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BANGKOK, 8 July 2015, The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) today brushed aside rumors on social media that Bangkok has only one month’s worth of water for consumption.

MWA Governor Thanasak Watanathana explained that water shortages may occurred to some agricultural areas near the capital, but absolutely not in its residential areas. He claimed the combined water levels from Bhumibol, Sirikit and Chao Phraya Dams are sufficient for household usage.

The comment was made during his interview with National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) on Channel 11. The MWA Governor also revealed that Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda had instructed his agency to store rainwater since last year in October. Rainwater stores will be used to supply tap water, in the event that the seawater-freshwater mix produces tap water that is too saline.

He added that water shortages are unlikely, as rain showers have started in Bangkok and its vicinity, as well as remote provinces. Governor Thanasak urged all Thais to conserve water, regardless of the prospect of water shortages.