WHA Utilities and Power Public Company Limited (WHAUP) and the municipality of Ban Chang, Rayong province, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate and share knowledge in wastewater management in general, and more specifically for the use of recycled wastewater, also known as reclaimed wastewater.
Effective for two years, this MoU agreement is part of WHA Group’s Clean Water for Planet CSR initiative, and Ban Chang municipality’s plan to embrace a “Smart City” concept. Realizing the need for an enhanced water system management, both parties aim to maximize the use of reclaimed water from Ban Chang communities by industrial operators in neighboring WHA industrial estates.
Mr. Suchin Pulhirun, Mayor of Ban Chang Municipality, declared: ‘We are very pleased to sign this MoU with WHA Utilities & Power, as our city seeks to become a model for sustainable development in water management. We believe this will be a “win-win” project that will benefit both parties and promote long-term environmental solutions for our community.”
Dr. Niphon Bundechanan, CEO of WHA Utilities and Power Plc., commented: “With this MoU, we are looking forward to share our experience in wastewater management to Ban Chang Municipality, a socially- active district in the Eastern Economic Corridor. The treated wastewater will be converted into high-quality water that can be used by industrial customers in WHA Group’s industrial estates. It will help us secure raw water resources in the EEC and contribute to solve the drought problems in the long term.”
Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, Chairman and Group CEO of WHA Corporation Pcl, added: “This MoU will support the development of the EEC. Together with Ban Chang Municipality, as well as other municipalities and partners, we aim to set the standards for sustainable and environment-friendly techniques and practices in water management and treatment,” she explained. “This is also a great opportunity to spread information to community members, from households to factories, on the importance of water conservation. This ‘municipal wastewater to industrial user’ concept is a good practice for sustainable development and create the utmost collaboration between local and industry”
WHAUP offers value-added water products, such as wastewater reclamation and demineralized water, to industrial customers both in WHA industrial estates and non-WHA industrial estates, as well as other industrial land developers and municipalities. In 2020, the company invested THB 300 million (nearly USD 10 million) in two reclaimed water projects in WHA Eastern Industrial Estate (Map Ta Phut) and Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate (Rayong).