MWA warns Songkran revelers against swimming in Prapa Canal

Published on March 29, 2012 by TFP   ·   No Comments



BANGKOK, 29 March 2012 – The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) is urging Bangkok residents not to swim in Prapa Canal during the Songkran Festival for their own safety and the sanitation of tap water.



MWA Director for Corporate Communication Tassanee Rerksantiwong said the agency is requesting cooperation from residents living along Prapa Canal to refrain from swimming in the canal during the 5-day long Songkran celebrations. She warned that swimmers could be swept away by the canal’s strong currents and could drown in the 6-meter deep water.



She added it is also illegal to contaminate the main tap water source of Bangkok by swimming as the canal is protected under the Water Supply Canal Act 1983.



During this year’s festivities, the Director also urged Thais to throw water only within designated areas and recommended using tap water for water-splashing as it is safe for consumption.



In addition, Ms Tassanee pointed out that during the long Songkran weekend, homeowners are advised to shut off the main water valves before leaving the house for an extended period. By turning off the valves, potentially large losses of water and a high water bill can be prevented.



To report any problems experienced during the Songkran period, please contact the MWA hotline at 1125.

(NNT : Narumon Ngamsaithong)

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