Water flows in Pathum again as Bangkok faces maintenance disruptions (Updated)

Water flows in Pathum again as Bangkok faces maintenance disruptions (Updated)

The water crisis edged closer to Bangkok Sunday as Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district cut tap water supplies for two days. Tonight, however, water is flowing again, but no one knows how long. Meanwhile, maintenance work will disrupt tap water flow is some Bangkok districts.

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Residents in the Khlong 12 area of tambon Bung Nam Rak, Thanyaburi district in Pathum Thani province bring plastic buckets and containers to receive water Sunday from Sanan Rak municipality. Photos by Apichit Jinakul

Monday evening update

Thai PBS reports that water officials were able to restore tap water service to Thanyaburi and neighbouring districts in Pathum Thani after two days of complete dryness. A major effort to get water into Khlong Rapeepat succeeded, but locals are still worried they supply may last only days. Farmers in the area have agreed to reduce pumping to three days a week, so that should help.

Meanwhile in Bangkok, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority has announced that tap water in six districts including Pathumwan and four roads including Rama IV will be disrupted from late Tuesday until 5am Wednesday.

The MWA said it will carry out maintenance on electrical equipment at the Sam Sen water treatment plant on Rama VI Road in Phaya Thai district between 10pm Tuesday and 5am Wednesday. As a result, tap water will run slowly during the period in the following areas:

Pathumwan, Ratchathewi, Phaya Thai, Phra Nakhon, Dusit and  Samphanthawong districts  plus    Ratchawat and Samsen sub-districts.
Rama 4 Road
Din Daeng Road
Phahon Yothin Road, from Victory Monument to Saphan Khwai Intersection
Pradiphat Road, from the Pradiphat Intersection to Saphan Khwai Intersection

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PWA suspends tap water supply


The Provincial Waterworks Authority's (PWA) plant in Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district on Sunday suspended supplying tap water to households in Thanyaburi, Lam Luk Ka and Nong Sua districts due to the water shortage.

Pathum Thani governor Pongsathorn Sajjacholaphan has declared the three districts disaster zones.

Local administration bodies have been instructed to use water and fire trucks to deliver clean water to residents.

Residents from Khlong 5 to Khlong 15 in Thanyaburi district and everyone in Lam Luk Ka and Nong Sua districts will be affected by the suspension of tap water.

The decision was made after Khlong 13, which supplies raw water to the Thanyaburi plant, dried up.

"Pathum Thani is now suffering the heaviest drought in 30 years. All the main rivers and tributaries have dried up," Mr Pongsathorn said.

The Thanyaburi plant usually supplies tap water to more than 50,000 households in the three districts.

Irrigation authorities have instructed workers to speed up replenishing water supplies in Khlong Rapeepat to try to get water for the Provincial Waterworks Authority's Thanyaburi branch.

The governor said the provincial authority has asked the Royal Irrigation Department to pump water from the Chao Phraya River into canals to send water through Chulalongkorn watergate to Khlong 1 and then to Khlong 13.

Residents in Muang, Sam Khok and other districts have not been affected because plants in those areas can take water directly from the Chao Phraya River to produce tap water.

Meanwhile, residents in Lop Buri have struggled to gain access to tap water for three days after the water level in the Chai Nat-Pasak irrigation canal dropped.

The drop in the water level was caused by farmers pumping water from the irrigation canal to their crops, irrigation authorities said.

Regional Irrigation Office 10 authorities said they had submitted letters to the governors of four provinces, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Lop Buri and Saraburi, asking farmers not to use water in the canal for agricultural purposes, but it did not work.

The Regional Irrigation Office 10's chief Phanukit Dissapung said authorities are trying to replenish the water supply in the Chai Nat-Pasak irrigation canal to ensure there is enough for tap water.

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  • administration: government - รัฐบาล
  • affected (verb): having received an effect or influence - ถูกผลกระทบ, มีผลต่อ
  • agricultural (adj): of the science or practice of farming - ที่เกี่ยวกับเกษตรกรรม
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • body: a group of people who work or act together, often for an official purpose, or who are connected in some other way - กลุ่มคน, นิติบุคคล
  • branch: an office or shop representing a large company or organisation in a particular area - สาขา
  • bucket: a container with an open top and a handle, often used for carrying liquids - ถัง
  • container: something used for storing or holding things, for example a box, bottle, or bowl - ภาชนะใส่ของ, หีบบรรจุ
  • crop: a plant grown for food, usually on a farm - พืชผล
  • declare: to announce officially - ประกาศ
  • disaster: an unexpected event, such as a very bad accident, a flood or a fire, that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage - ภัยพิบัติ ความหายนะ
  • disrupt: to prevent something from continuing as usual or as expected - ทำให้ยุ่งเหยิง, ทำให้ยุ่งยาก
  • drought (noun): a long period of time when there is little or no rain - ฝนแล้ง, ภัยแล้ง, ความแห้งแล้ง)
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • gain access: to get the opportunity or right to have or use something - ได้โอกาสในการใช้
  • household: a group of people, often a family, who live together - ครัวเรือน
  • instruct (verb): to tell somebody to do something, especially in a formal or official way - สั่ง
  • irrigation: the process of bringing water to land through a system of pipes, ditches, etc. in order to make crops grow - ระบบชลประทาน
  • level: the amount of liquid that there is in a container, river, dam, etc., which can be seen by how high the liquid is - ระดับ
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • locals: people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน
  • maintenance: the act of keeping something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly - การซ่อมบำรุง
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA): the department in charge of providing clean, safe drinking water to a city - การประปานครหลวง
  • municipality: a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล
  • neighbouring: located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
  • plant: a factory; a factory that produces power or processes chemicals, etc. - โรงงาน
  • Provincial Waterworks Authority (noun): a Thai state enterprise under the Ministry of Interior that is responsible for the production and delivery of water in Thailand's provinces - การประปาส่วนภูมิภาค
  • pump (verb): to make a liquid or gas move into or out of something by using a pump - สูบน้ำ
  • purpose (noun): the intention, aim or function of something; the thing that something is supposed to achieve - จุดประสงค์, เป้าหมาย, วัตถุประสงค์
  • raw: in its natural state; not yet changed, used or made into something else - ดิบ
  • replenish: to make something full again by replacing what has been used - เติมเต็มใหม่
  • resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • restore: to bring back to good condition - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
  • Royal Irrigation Department: The Thai government department in charge of the country's irrigation system - กรมชลประทาน
  • shortage (noun): when there is not enough of something - การขาดแคลน
  • struggle (verb): to try hard to do something that you find very difficult - พยายาม; ต่อสู้
  • submitted: formally given to someone so they can make a decision about it - ยื่นเอกสารเพื่อการพิจารณา
  • supply (noun): an amount or quantity of something that is available to buy or use - อุปทาน
  • suspend: to stop for a period of time - ยกเลิกชั่วคราว, ระงับชั่วคราว
  • suspension: stopping for a period of time - การยกเลิกชั่วคราว, การระงับชั่วคราว
  • tap water: water that is sent through pipes into building - น้ำประปา
  • tributary: a river or stream that flows into a larger river or a lake - แม่น้ำสายย่อย, สาขาของแม่น้ำ
  • zone: an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต

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