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Thai Waterworks Museum

Museum located at the Samsen Water Treatment Plant in Bangkok's Phaya Thai District and housed in the former and first water treatment plant of the country. It is divided into three parts, i.e. a pure water storing area, a pumping section and a filtering plant. The museum (fig.) explains the evolution of Thailandís waterworks system, which was initiated under the auspices of King Rama V, in order to give his subjects access to clean water. He set up a government unit led by Chao Phraya Yommaraat (fig.), the then Minister of Public Works, in order to set up and manage the system, whilst also providing personal resources as a starting fund for its establishment. Hence, construction of the first water treatment plant was started in 1909, in the reign of King Rama V, but was completed only in the reign of King Rama VI, who declared it open in November 1914 under the name Bangkok Waterworks Authority, with headquarters at Maen Sri Intersection (แยกแม้นศรี - map - fig.). In 1967, the unit became a state enterprise and has since then been renamed the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority of Thailand. Today, there are several water treatment plants across the capital (map - fig.), administered by the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (map - fig.). On 17 July 2013, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the opening ceremony of the Thai Waterworks Museum, well ahead for the celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of Thailand's first water treatment plant in November 2014. See also POSTAGE STAMP and MAP.