Save Bangkok From Running Out of Water

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Target: Thanasak Watanathana, governor of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority

Goal: Take drastic measures to ensure the drought does not worsen and the water supply isn’t depleted in Bangkok.

Thailand is enduring its worst drought in over ten years, and it keeps getting even worse. Authorities have already taken some measures to reduce the effects of the drought and the chances of running out of water, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Droughts are not only dangerous for humans, but for the environment and the innocent animals who inhabit it.

Authorities have asked farmers to not plant rice for nearly a year and has asked people to use less water. However, water collected in the area’s three dams equaled 5 billion cubic meters during the previous year, compared to the normal 8 billion cubic meters. Right now, there’s was about 660 million cubic meters left.

Authorities say telling people to use less water hasn’t helped because water costs only 8.50 baht ($0.25) per 1,000 liters. The low price doesn’t motivate people to conserve. Additionally, officials say rainwater collection would help fight the drought because currently when it rains in Bangkok, all the water drains into the sea and is wasted.

Urge authorities take drastic measures to prevent the drought from worsening its effect on people, animals and the environment by increasing the price of water to encourage people to conserve and by building a large-scale rainwater collection operation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Thanasak Watanathana,

Your country is enduring a horrible drought, and it just keeps getting worse. Authorities have already taken some measures to reduce the effects of the drought and the chances of running out of water, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Droughts are dangerous for humans, the environment and the innocent animals who inhabit it.

Authorities say telling people to use less water hasn’t helped because water costs only 8.50 baht ($0.25) per 1,000 liters. The low price doesn’t motivate people to conserve. Additionally, officials say rainwater collection would help fight the drought because currently when it rains in Bangkok, all the water drains into the sea and is wasted.

I urge you to take drastic measures to prevent the drought from worsening its effect on people, animals and the environment by increasing the price of water to encourage people to conserve and by building a large-scale rainwater collection operation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Hernan Pinera

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