Three main klongs unclogged as city braces for more rains this month

The Office of Drainage and Sewerage is stepping up collection of garbage in three klongs in anticipation of more rains this month and next.

Additional workers were mobilized on Wednesday to remove garbage from Klong Bang Bua, Klong Bang Khen and Klong Saphan Soong covering a distance of about 25 km. Altogether 40 tonnes of an assortment of garbage which included discarded pillows and water jars were hauled from the klongs.

It took garbage trucks to make ten trips jus to take all the garbage to a landfill.

Officials of the drainage and sewerage office said that normally the office unclog the klongs once a week but, during the monsoon season, garbage collection is increased to ensure better flow of water in the klongs.

Garbage collection in the three klongs will facilitate the flow of water from Chaengwattana, Pahonyothin and Vibhavadi Rangsit roads into the klongs.

Mr Sompong Wiangkaew, director of the Office of Drainage and Sewerage, said, if the rainfalls are more than 100 mm, it would take about two hours to drain flood water on roads into the klongs.

He however admitted that Sukhumvit, Asoke, Ratchadapisek and Petchaburi roads are vulnerable to flooding because they are located in low-lying areas. But more water pumps will be installed to fasten the draining effort and drainage pipes will be unclogged more often to do away with garbage.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)