MWA assures flood situation will not affect production of tap water

September 23rd, 2008 - 10:02 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Deputy Governor of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority Wirachat Olapiriyakul (วีรชาติ โอฬาพิริยกุล) revealed yesterday that the nation is currently experiencing flood complications in many provinces, especially in the north where rain waters have eroded soil into the Chao Phraya River. Waters in the Chao Phraya River are now at 200-300 N.T.U turbidity, meaning 3 times less light can penetrate the water than the usual 80-100 N.T.U.

The MWA is following the situation closely and has dispatched scientists to study water sources and report their findings in real time. Relevant agencies have been tapped to assist in the situation, including the Royal Irrigation Department and the Provincial Waterworks Authority. The agencies have been tasked with monitoring the Chao Phraya River 24 hours a day.

Water generating facilities have recaliberated their purification techniques to adequately compensate for the change in river turbidity. The MWA has also prepared measures in the event the situation escalates including measures to deal with water in resorvoirs.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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