MWA cancels maintenance to keep taps flowing

MWA cancels maintenance to keep taps flowing

Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) staff monitor tap water production at the MWA’s plant in Bang Khen district of Bangkok in this file photo taken in February 2014. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) staff monitor tap water production at the MWA’s plant in Bang Khen district of Bangkok in this file photo taken in February 2014. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) has cancelled planned maintenance that would have turned off water supplies in six Bangkok districts Tuesday, in the face of growing consumer concern over possible water shortages.

The MWA had notified residents in the maintenance areas that tap water would run slowly from around 10pm Tuesday until 5am Wednesday during the works.

The affected six districts included central Pathumwan and four roads including Rama IV. The MWA said it needed to carry out work on electrical equipment at the Sam Sen water treatment plant on Rama VI Road in Phaya Thai district.

It identified the areas that would have been affected as:

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

Late Monday, the MWA issued an urgent announcement cancelling this plan, saying it did not want to add to concern or cause a panic on water shortage at the current time. Service will continue as normal, it said, and maintenance will be rescheduled.

The agency has urged the public to conserve water to help to ensure supplies last until the annual rains begin to fill dams, khlongs and rivers once again.

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