CityNews – After an investigation into the safety of Chiang Mai’s moat water, Rangsit Chansiripitikun, Director of Mae Taeng Operation and Maintenance Project, claimed that the water was safe to throw around, although not safe to drink.
The report came out at the same time as the Bangkok Post published an article that claimed the water was unsafe, due to a “large number of parasites in the mud sediment of Chiang Mai’s famous moat, where many Songkran festival revellers draw their water supply.” This was the result of an investigation led by Maejo Agricultural University’s Faculty of Fisheries Technology and Aquatic Resources.
Officials from the Mae Taeng Operation and Maintenance Project said they had examined seven spots around the moat:
1) at the bridge outside Wat Lokmolee
2) outside Suan Dok hospital
3) outside Wattanothai Payap school
4) outside Suanprung hospital
5) outside Bangkok Bank, Chiang Mai Gate branch
6) outside Chiang Mai Commercial Technological College
7) outside Sompet market
The officials said they would keep examining the quality of the water until April 11.