Kids swam in Khlong Prawet Burirom and drank the water — today it’s too filthy for that.
Feeding the fish in Khlong Prawet Burirom had always been a family routine after making merit at Lan Boon Temple at the weekends. Thanakorn Sitthikul is now considering a new place to take his wife and and two children to relax as the water is too disgusting. Mr Thanakorn, 39, said Lan Boon Temple, which provides a calm and soothing environment, is a stone’s throw from their house. But he takes his family there less often now because of the pollution in Khlong Prawet Burirom, which runs past it. “We can smell the stench when we are near the canal. Fewer fish are eating the bread the family feeds them,” he said. A common scene at the temple is dead fish floating on the water’s surface.
Photo: Antoni P. Uni, September 2013