Good Practices in Urban Water Management: Decoding Good

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This was first published as Figure 1 in Babel et al. (2010), p. 199. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. Water Quality and Service Reliability MWA is committed to providing safe drinking water and implements quality control measures on three fronts: raw water sources, produced water, and water in the distribution system and taps. To ensure that tap water is safe for drinking, MWA has adopted strictly the World Health Organization (WHO) 2006 criteria and standards as its own (Dai 1997; Babel et al.

All these WWTPs are located primarily in the central part of the metropolis. Moreover, two WWTPs are oxidation ponds—one located in Makkasan to treat canal water in Klong Lad Phrao, and another in Rama IX to treat canal water in Klong Samsen. A WWTP in On Nuch is dedicated to treating leachate from the On Nuch Solid Waste Transfer and Disposal Center. Bangkok has adopted a combined sewer network for surface runoff and wastewater. Thus, whenever a WWTP is constructed and ready for operation, the wastewater collection pipe is connected to the existing public sewer, through an interceptor chamber, to carry domestic wastewater to the treatment plant without requiring any connection fees from households or establishments.

These pressure monitoring devices register information around the clock (MWA 1999). DMAs are discrete parts of a water distribution system separated by means of closed sluice valves. As such, the quantity of water entering and the difference between that amount and quantity consumed can be measured to determine leakages. 18 Good Practices in Urban Water Management Figure 4 Nonrevenue Water and Unaccounted-for-Water in Metropolitan Waterworks Authority Service Area, 1987–2008 45 % of water production 40 35 30 25 20 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Nonrevenue water Unaccounted-for-water Sources: Annual reports, 1996–2008 of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001a, 2001b, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).

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