BANGKOK, 24 February 2013 The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) is preparing measures to deal with a possible power outage on April 5th which may affect water supply production. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is set to invite the public to participate in this year’s Earth Hour to help save energy.
Deputy Permanent Secretary for BMA Jumpol Sumpaopol said the Earth Hour activity is an annual campaign held to raise awareness and to reduce energy consumption by turning off electricity for one hour.
Mr. Jumpol stated that this year’s Earth Hour is scheduled on March 23rd, at 8.30-9.30 p.m. local time, to go in line with other major cities around the world, which will also be observing the day.
Regarding concerns over possible power outages in certain areas on April 5th, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) is set to discuss with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) about measures to minimize the impact of such a situation on water supply and distribution.
Currently, MWA produces approximately 5 million cubic meters of water daily, while each year it incurs electricity expenses of around 1.08 billion baht for the use of about 350 million kilowatts in its production and distribution of water.