The Thai government has added drinking water to the special price control list to protect citizens as the country faces an impending drought. Internal Trade Department director-general Wiboonlasana Ruamraksa said the government was keeping a close eye on the drought’s impact, which went into effect earlier in the year.
Drinking water has been included in the special price control list for daily monitoring, according to Ms. Wiboonlasana. She did note that the drought will not impact the drinking water supply, so consumers need not be concerned.
The MWA (Metropolitan Waterworks Authority) urged households to reserve a minimum of 60 liters of drinking water for the drought season, which lasts until May. There will be less tap water available for households in Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut Prakan.
While the MWA is anticipating some issues with tap water production, it remains confident that it will be able to continue supplying tap water to its 12 million customers.
To ease consumer concerns, the Internal Trade Department will meet with 11 bottled drinking water manufacturers this week to discuss the effects of a potential water shortage.
No water shortages or irregularities have been found as of yet.
The price control list covers crucial items used on a daily basis, such as consumer products, food, farm-related products, petroleum, paper, construction materials and medicine.
Foods included on the list include paddy, garlic, eggs, milled rice, corn, wheat flour, cassava, milk, sugar, pork, yogurt and animal/vegetable oils. Consumer products on this list include sanitary napkins, detergents and toilet papers.
Manufacturers of any products on this list are required to relay their production costs to the authorities, and gain approval before imposing a price increase.