Thailand: Saltwater Intrusion Makes Tap Water Unsafe For Use

8 Feb 2021 by Local Press Report
BANGKOK

Thailand is urgently tackling a saltwater intrusion problem after the amount of sodium in tap water exceeded the standard level. The president of a subcommittee in charge of managing the Chao Phraya, Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan water basins, Weerakorn Khamprakob, said sodium in tap water was on Jan 30 measured at 2.2 grammes/litre which was deemed too much for consumption. The water is deemed brackish if the proportion of salt is higher than 0.5 grammes/litre. The water is deemed saline water if salt in it exceeded 1 gramme/litre, Mr Weerakorn said. He suggested the government make barrages or foldable water-retaining walls to prevent seawater intrusion. Mr Weerakorn called on the Royal Irrigation Department and the government to tackle the problem of salty tap water urgently or people will run the risk of kidney problems.

Source: Bangkok Post

Source: Bangkok Post