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PWA: Tap water in Thailand safe to drink

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (NNT) - The Provincial Waterworks Authority has reiterated that tap water in Thailand is safe to drink and its production is in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard.


The agency said its water treatment plants ensure that tap water in each province exceeds world standards for drinking water. The “Safe Tap Water” campaigns initiated by the body have been growing, with the latest drive launched in Trang.

The campaign is aimed at informing the public of the quality of tap water and at urging the public to forgo purchasing bottled water in favour of drinking water from the tap.

The Department of Health will also be conducting analysis of the water provided by the PWA as part of the campaign.

The public is nonetheless advised to inspect their household water pipes to make sure they are in good condition all year round.

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" The Provincial Waterworks Authority has reiterated that tap water in Thailand is safe to drink"

Lots of things are safe to drink, not going to do so though, no matter how sterile it may be.

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The PWA says tap water is safe to drink? Maybe they haven't checked the water at my mother-in-laws and other relatives villages in Nakorn Pathom province on the west border of Bangkok. Their water is frequently brown, you can see dirt in the water, and it irritates the skin of many. You wash you car with that water and it's dirtier after you finish the wash.

Now with that being said, I live in western Bangkok and the water is clean in my moobaan in my humble opinion as do many of my Thai neighbors. The family and I have been drinking it for 6 years and the water we drink is only run through a small inline charcoal filter which I change once a year. Have such a filter on the one drinking water tap and one on the frig ice maker line. We haven't got sick or died from the water yet. Annually we get a water quality test report from the Bangkok Water Dept showing the test results and how they meet standards XYZ. Now some of my other neighbors drink only bottled water....there is no hope in convincing them tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Thailand.

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It's safe when it leaves it's place of origin but not always when it come out of the tap. If it was safe Thais would not spend money on bottled water and expensive filters.

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in hua hin can buy 20 litre bottles for 20 baht each

i caught them filling them up with tap water bah.gif

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PWA: Tap water in Thailand safe to drink

My hamster fell laughing off its wheel and died with a smile in its face when I read this article for it. coffee1.gif w00t.gif

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I ain't drinking it straight from the tap. We've got a five stage filter and two of the filters (ceramic and carbon) need constant replacement due to being clogged or ineffective. The water coming in is far from pure.

The place I stay is piped into the water main (so far so good) but as the supply is uncertain there are also water tanks that are filled from either - the mains - a truck - rain water or where ever, the problem is you never know the actual source or mix that is coming out of the tap, so unless you have a rig connected feeding the tap (which I had in the past) there is no way I would drink straight from the tap

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