BMA integrates cooperation on the development and rehabilitation of Saen Saep Canal in urgent phase of 6 months, ensuring better water quality

(September 2, 2020) Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, welcomed General Prawit Wongsuwan, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, during the site visit to follow up approaches for the development and rehabilitation of Saen Saep Canal in Bangkok metropolitan area.

The Saen Saep Canal is under the responsibility of the Treasury Department. The total length of the canal is 72 kilometers. The canal runs through 2 provinces namely Bangkok and Chachoengsao Province. In Bangkok area, the Saen Saep Canal is 45.5 kilometers long and about 20 – 30 meters wide, running through 21 districts.

The Saen Saep Canal in Bangkok plays important role in drainage system to solve flood problem and in water transportation. At present, the growth of urban community in Bangkok tends to grow extensively; therefore, Saen Saep Canal becomes the place where households, communities, and business establishments located along the canal discharge effluent, sewage and wastewater into. This affects the environment and quality of life of people living in that area.

The Governor of Bangkok said that, in the past, the BMA had solved the problem of water quality in Saen Saep Canal using wastewater treatment service of the large water quality control plant of the BMA.  The plant has collected wastewater from households, communities, and business establishment located along the Saen Saep Canal and branch canals continuously.

However, in order to make the wastewater management of Saen Saep Canal and branch canals cover all areas and to integrate sustainable solutions for wastewater problem, the BMA has worked in collaboration with other government agencies to plan a program for the development and rehabilitation of Saen Saep Canal. The program can be divided into 3 phases, namely, Urgent Phase with the target of six months (September 2020 to February 2021); the Medium Phase, with the target in the year 2020 – 2023, which is the driving of large construction projects which the BMA already has the budget and the projects are in process, altogether 6 projects; and Long-Term phase, with the target in the year 2020 – 2031, which is the construction of the reinforced concrete dam as well as wastewater treatment system and a large wastewater collection system to cover all areas of Saen Saep Canal and branch canals, altogether 9 projects.

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