Majority of Bangkok residents support BMA’s wastewater treatment fee plan, says survey

A majority of residents in 21 Bangkok districts agree with a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plan to collect a wastewater treatment fee based on the volume of tap water used, according to a survey.

BMA governor Aswin Kwanmuang told Bangkok City Council on Wednesday the results of a survey conducted by Srinakharinwirot University. The draft BMA regulation requires that the BMA’s Sewerage and Drainage Department must hold a public opinion survey among residents of 21 Bangkok districts before the city administration can collect the fee.

The BMA plans to collect a wastewater treatment fee from residents of Phra Nakhon, Pomprap, Samphanthawong, Pathumwan, Din Daeng, Ratchathewi, Phayathai, Dusit, Huay Kwang, Chatuchak, Bang Sue, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bang Rak, Bang Khor Laem, Ratburana, Jom Thong, Thung Khuru, Phasi Charoen, Bang Kae and Nong Khaem districts, that are covered by eight wastewater treatment plants.

Aswin told the city council that the university conducted a survey of 1,134 people. The survey found that 939 or 82.80 per cent of the respondents agreed with the fee collection and 17.20 per cent disagreed. As well, 78.48 per cent of the respondents said they were willing to pay a wastewater treatment fee, while 21.52 per cent said they were not willing to pay. Aswin said 82.98 per cent of respondents agreed with the plan to calculate the fee based on the volume of used tap water while 17.02 per cent disagreed.