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Bangkok sewers, canals cleared out as flood season approaches

By The Nation

 

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has cleaned out 3,300 kilometres of sewer pipes and dredged 1,400 canals throughout the capital to boost drainage for the rainy season.

 

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the annual cleaning operation targeted more than half of the capital’s 6,200 kilometres of sewers and most of its 1,880 canals, as part of flood-prevention plans.

 

“The BMA has been cleaning sewers and dredging canals since December to tackle the rains from July onwards,” said Aswin on Facebook. “This year, City Hall aimed to clean 3,300 kilometres of sewers and dredge 1,400 canals throughout the capital.”

 

He said the sewer-clearance operation was 93 per cent complete, while 87 per cent of canals targeted had been dredged.

 

“Our staff are working hard every day. We will report the results of the cleaning operation periodically.”

 

He asked Bangkokians not to dump garbage on roads or in sewers and canals, which could block drainage in the waterways.

 

“If you find a clogged sewer, canal or ditch, please inform your local district office or the BMA Flood Control Centre at the (02) 248 5115 hotline,” he added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388186

 

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It's awesome that they are finally thinking (and doing something) about this.

 

Let's see when the rain finally comes to Bangkok if all their efforts paid off.

 

4 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

He asked Bangkokians not to dump garbage on roads or in sewers and canals, which could block drainage in the waterways.

They should do more than just ask - heavy fines, or imprisonment.

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London is a very low lying city as are many others, yet one rarely reads of the need to send gangs down to clean the sewers. Possibly this is because they installed their sewers with a continuous fall so that they clean themselves using the water flow 🙂

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18 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

He said the sewer-clearance operation was 93 per cent complete

In reality it's 50% complete, as only half the sewers are being targeted.

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I was recently talking to a senior Thai municipal civil engineer about drainage and I asked him why do many Thai roads have the drains down the centre of the roads. Answer: If we put them at the sides of the roads all the rubbish, sand etc. would drain into them. Thai logic at its best.

 

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Sewers or storm water pipes? Rain shouldn't have any impact on the sewer system.

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On 5/20/2020 at 6:21 PM, rasmus5150 said:

It's awesome that they are finally thinking (and doing something) about this.

 

Let's see when the rain finally comes to Bangkok if all their efforts paid off.

 

They should do more than just ask - heavy fines, or imprisonment.

Firing squad at dawn would have more effect.

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On 5/21/2020 at 10:01 AM, phantomfiddler said:

London is a very low lying city as are many others, yet one rarely reads of the need to send gangs down to clean the sewers. Possibly this is because they installed their sewers with a continuous fall so that they clean themselves using the water flow 🙂

Google   fatbergs in uk sewers.

This is a small one. Some are bigger than London buses.

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On 5/21/2020 at 10:01 AM, phantomfiddler said:

London is a very low lying city as are many others, yet one rarely reads of the need to send gangs down to clean the sewers. Possibly this is because they installed their sewers with a continuous fall so that they clean themselves using the water flow 🙂

There are permanent workers and dozens of contractors who clean London's sewers continuously so not sure why you think they don't need cleaning.

Also London would never see rainfall as intense as Bangkok - not even close.

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