Bangkok prepares to collect wastewater treatment fees next year.

Bangkok prepares to collect wastewater treatment fees next year. After waiting for more than 20 years for a law to solve the problem of using public tax money to pay for treatment costs of 800 million baht per year, pointing out that small water users do not have to worry. Pilot establishments that use a lot of water first.

“Tap water is a necessity for Bangkok people. We currently use approximately 2 million cubic meters of water per day. When we're finished using it, it turns into wastewater. Some private sectors will do the treatment themselves. Some were sent to central treatment centers. or at Bangkok's 8 wastewater treatment plants, which Bangkok has not collected wastewater treatment fees in the past But there are operating expenses of 800 million baht per year. The treatment capacity is 1.2 million cubic meters per day, but it is not yet 100% covered, only 37% can be achieved.”

Mr. Chatchat Sitthiphan, Governor of Bangkok Speaking after the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in supporting the collection of wastewater treatment fees between Bangkok and with the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority With Mr. Manit Panem, Governor of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA), signing today (25 Sep.) at the Rattanakosin Room, Bangkok.

The Governor of Bangkok said that the collection of wastewater treatment fees this time does not disturb the people. But it is collected from large operators. The calculation is based on approximately 80% of the good water used in the calculation, supported by water data from the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority. The use of bile meters is in accordance with international principles. I would like to ask the people not to worry. Because collecting from people's residences is not yet in the plan. Only large operators will have additional expenses. The first phase is expected to collect approximately 200 million baht. There is still some difference. However, the heart is PPP or Polluters Pay Principle. The person who creates pollution must pay. to achieve justice Do not allow taxes to be paid by the general public. and it encourages people to use less water

The MWA governor said that the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority agreed with Bangkok. According to the principle that those who cause pollution must participate. In this cooperation, the Waterworks Authority is ready to provide information to Bangkok for use in collecting wastewater treatment fees. In the future, there may be additional cooperation regarding wastewater management.

Mr. Wisanu Supsompon, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, said that the collection of wastewater treatment fees in Bangkok this time It is expected that collection will begin early next year. Currently, it is in the process of drafting all related laws. By keeping them separated into 2 groups: establishments (Type 2 wastewater sources) that use water not exceeding 2,000 cubic meters will be collected at a rate of 4 baht/cubic meter, but establishments large factory Wastewater sources (Type 3 wastewater sources) that use more than 2,000 cubic meters of water will be collected at a rate of 8 baht/cubic meter for the storage method. BMA will issue the invoice itself. In the future, we will discuss with the Waterworks Authority to issue the same invoice. As for establishments or hotels that have their own standard quality wastewater treatment systems, they may not have to pay for this treatment. And as for establishments located outside the service area of Bangkok's wastewater treatment plants, all 8 locations still have not paid treatment fees as well.

In this regard, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has issued the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Ordinance regarding the collection of wastewater treatment fees, B.E. 2004 and its amendments (No. 2) B.E. 2019, by representatives of Bangkok and the Waterworks Authority. We have continued to discuss together to ensure that the data linking between the two agencies is in accordance with other relevant laws. Especially according to the Personal Data Protection Act 2019

• Exchange home ID information. and monthly water usage data support interoperability. For details of cooperation according to the memorandum of understanding are as follows

1.BMA supports House ID information to MWA in order to provide MWA services efficiently in accordance with the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority Act 1967 and at Additional amendments

MWA agrees to cooperate with BMA in supporting monthly water usage data. In the wastewater treatment service area of Bangkok that Bangkok announced to collect To be a database used in collecting wastewater treatment fees, such as information on water reading year, water reading month, house code. Person type code Water user registration Water user status code Water user type code water user name Place of use of water Water usage amount, monthly period, or other information as mutually agreed upon by both parties.

BMA and MWA will support in updating the information and checking the accuracy of the information together. In order to be able to link information systems between agencies,

both parties agree to keep all information according to this memorandum of understanding confidential.

By service area Collect wastewater treatment fees in wastewater treatment service areas of 8 water quality control plants, namely Si Phraya, Rattanakosin, Chong Nonsi, Nong Khaem, Thung Khru, Din Daeng, Chatuchak, and the Environmental Education and Conservation Center, Bang Sue, Bangkok. It covers an area of 22 administrative districts, including Phra Nakhon, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Samphanthawong, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Bang Kho Laem, Yannawa, Din Daeng, Ratchathewi, Phaya Thai, Pathumwan, Bang Sue, Chatuchak, Huai Khwang, Lak Si, Nong Khaem, Bang Khae, Phasi Charoen, Dusit, Thung Khru, Chom Thong, Rat Burana and Lak Si.

Charge The amount of wastewater is calculated at 80 percent of the water usage amount multiplied by the fee rate according to the type of wastewater source. which will begin collecting at the beginning of next year Classified by type and rate as follows:

1. Sources of wastewater type 2, rates not exceeding 4 baht/cubic meter, include: (a) government agencies or private office buildings or organizations; International (b) Foundations, places of worship, public charitable institutions (c) Hospitals or nursing homes (d) Schools or educational institutions (e) Establishments with average water use for the past one year before collecting the wastewater treatment fee not exceeding 2,000 cubic meters per month.

Type 3 wastewater sources, rates not exceeding 8 baht/cubic meter, include (a) hotels (b) factories according to the factory law (c) establishments. where the average water use in the past one year before collecting the wastewater treatment fee exceeds 2,000 cubic meters per month.

• Pay easily through 3 channels.

There are 3 channels for receiving payment for wastewater treatment fees, including:

1. Payment service points of Bangkok (1) Payment service points at the Finance Department, Secretary's Office. Drainage Office, Bangkok City Hall, Din Daeng (2) Payment service points at every district office

(2) Payment service points of Krung Thai Bank All branches nationwide

(3) Banks that provide cross-bank bill payment services via electronic channels include: Internet banking services, mobile banking services, and automatic bill payment machines. You can check the list of interbank bill payment service providers on the Bank of Thailand's website. The fees are in accordance with the terms and conditions of each bank or service provider. -Thai news agency

Source: Thai News Agency