Tap waters are turning salty in Thailand as it suffers its worst drought in 40 years
Jan. 13, 2020
Have you ever swallowed sea water? Remember that yucky taste?
People in Thailand are currently experiencing a weird phenomenon where their tap waters are turning salty. The culprit? Drought.
To be specific: The worst drought in over 40 years.
The phenomenon is currently taking place in Bangkok as the Chao Phraya River becomes shallow, trapping the tidal seawater within it.
“Drought has come earlier this year, and it’s affecting both water for agriculture, as well as for drinking. More parts of the country than in the past could be impacted," Thai Meteorological Department head of forecasting, Surapong Sarapa warns Bloomberg .
Salty tap waters are but a dangerous symptom of what is actually taking place in Thailand as lack of crop production would not only potentially impact not only the income of 11 million agricultural workers, but also Thailand's economy according to the Bank of Ayudhya Pcl.
“Drought could stop people from spending even if they aren’t directly affected,” the bank’s Chief Economist Somprawin Manprasert warns.
Major reservoirs in the nation are already functioning below 50 percent of their capacity, leading the Thai government to urge its citizens to begin saving water.
Some US$198 million (6 billion baht) have also been allocated to a water command center to assist with the shortage problems.
Thailand is not the only country experiencing a climate change problem. Indonesia experienced floods at the start of 2020 while forests are still burning in Australia.