DANIDA helps Thailand improve wastewater management

Thailand’s Wastewater Management Authority (WMA) has recently enlisted the help of the Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA) in an effort to boost the capacity of wastewater management in six municipalities in Thailand through a three-year scheme called Capacity of Wastewater Management Authority (CD-WMA).
     The project is setting up communication networks for two types of wastewater treatment systems – oxidation pond and activated sludge – in order to revamp municipal wastewater systems, as well as to improve and maintain good standard of the management and operation. Wastewater management manuals and public awareness plan will also be developed.
     The scheme will be launched in Si Racha, Phetchaburi, Sakon Nakhon, Chumsaeng, Patong, and Ban Pae Municipilities. A goal has been set for some of the participating municipalities to achieve ISO certification.
     The activities also include a visit to Denmark, where municipality leaders from Thailand will observe wastewater treatment works as well as participation and cooperation from the general public there.
     The project will also install closed-circuit television (CCTV) system to monitor conditions of the municipal wastewater drainage, which will help increase the management efficiency and lower time and money spent on maintenance and problem solving.
     The waterproof CCTV cameras can be installed in the drain pipes with diameter of 30 cm. or larger. They are capable of moving forward and backward within the drainage pipes to capture and transmit the images for monitoring and making records of the condition and damages.

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