Thailand’s water saving campaign pays off

Bangkok, Sep 15 (IANS) The Thai government’s request to state agencies to save water has yielded good results with last month’s bills showing 48.31 percent were able to achieve the plan, the media reported on Tuesday.

The request was made to state agencies, especially in the capital Bangkok, to share responsibility for saving water with farmers who have been told not to take water for growing crops during the rainy season, the Bangkok Post reported.

According to the water resources department, almost half the 4,853 state-owned buildings cut water use. About 40 percent reported increased water consumption and 11.65 percent were about the same.

However, some state agencies were not able to reduce water consumption, such as public hospitals.

The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) also launched a water-saving campaign.

It said that since the campaign started last month, about 250,000 water users have saved enough water to qualify for or a water bill discount, comprising 235,000 ordinary household users and the rest, state agencies and business sector. The campaign ends this month.

The MWA supplies tap water to around 2.2 million water users in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan provinces.

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