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Re: Pattaya begins water rationing

Post by Gaybutton » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:57 am

The water problem struck me personally yesterday. My own water tank ran dry and I had to buy water from a water truck to refill my tank. The price is 300 baht which is twice the price they charged during the last major drought. I asked the water truck guy if the city can't supply water, where are you getting yours from? He said he has a well.

Fortunately for me, as much as I hate to have to pay for the water, at least I can afford it. But there are so many Thai people who will not be able to afford it and will have to do without any running water at all.

Again, I think allowing this situation to occur when they knew sooner or later a major drought would occur again, along with the population growth, it is inexcusable they allowed this to happen to an entire city when they could have planned properly and done things to make sure this doesn't happen again - and they did nothing. Maybe this time they will, but I sure wouldn't count on it. They can just tell us all about how there is plenty of water, like they did this time, and just hope it doesn't happen again.
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Pattaya Water Authority says Mapprachan Lake Reservoir now at critical level but will continue to ration water

By Adam Judd

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

A major water reservoir in Banglamung has hit its base level and is at critically low levels. However, Banglamung Water Authority Officials say they have developed an extensive plan to handle the drought.

The Pattaya News has visited the Mapprachan Reservoir in the Pong sub-district this week where water has about hit its base and is at a critically low level. Additionally, despite the reservoir and surrounding parks and exercise areas officially being closed to promote social distancing, Banglamung officials say many people are still wandering the local lake and nearly empty reservoir.

Mr. Chaitat Insang, the manager of the Pattaya Water Authority told The Pattaya News that “There is significantly less water this year as opposed to the previous year.”

The Pattaya News note that this is from a variety of factors, not lack of rain, such as significant climate change and diversion of water traditionally supplied to local households to businesses and work being completed in the region on the Eastern Economic Corridor project.

An article sourced from The Diplomat, below, provides more detailed information about the water problems Thailand is facing.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/03/thailan ... challenge/

“We have decreased overall water pressure and distributed water on rationing schedules for the time being.” Mr. Insang added.

Mr. Insang stated that the water rationing would be required until the upcoming rainy season. Regardless, to avoid the same situation in future years, significant planning and partnerships must take place, local PWA officials have stated.

As for the large amount of people exercising and present in the reservoir area during a period in which the area is ordered by the Chonburi Governor to be closed to promote physical distancing, additional law enforcement resources will be assigned to the area for routine patrols, according to Pattaya Law Enforcement.

Story and photos: https://thepattayanews.com/2020/04/22/p ... ion-water/

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Re: Pattaya begins water rationing

Post by odd » Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:29 am

200 baht per tank here in Soi 89-we have been getting some water every other night -enough to keep us from having to order every day. Private well? Hard to believe that!

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Re: Pattaya begins water rationing

Post by Undaunted » Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:59 am

All this and hadn’t it been for Covid Songkran would have taken place as usual. :roll:
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Re: Pattaya begins water rationing

Post by Gaybutton » Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:12 pm

odd wrote:
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Private well? Hard to believe that!
I wrote he said that. I didn't say I believe him . . .

The guy who does my dog training has his place out by the reservoir. This morning he told me that he has seen several separate areas being dredged out and they're full of water - but they haven't yet bothered to build pipelines from any of those to the main reservoir.

He too can't understand why, as long as the reservoir is now virtually dry, they're not dredging out any of it so that it can hold plenty more water. It doesn't make any sense. Of course, that part comes as no surprise.

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Re: Pattaya begins water rationing

Post by Jun » Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:19 pm

By pure coincidence, I was watching this earlier in the week. If you're looking for inspiration.



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Re: Pattaya begins water rationing

Post by Gaybutton » Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:20 pm

I was out by Pattaya's reservoir yesterday, April 29. Despite some torrential rains in the Pattaya area lately all I saw in the reservoir were a few more puddles. You can still easily walk across it without ever encountering a drop of water.

I think it's going to take much more rain, much more often, before any of the water rationing can be lifted.

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Re: Pattaya begins water rationing

Post by Gaybutton » Sat May 09, 2020 5:26 pm

I hope they're right. So far I have had to buy water only once, but I live alone, so I don't use as much water as households with several people. I see water delivery trucks all the time now. During the last drought I had to buy water every 3 or 4 days. So, apparently I'm getting enough water, but if people are having to buy water from the delivery trucks, obviously not enough for everybody.
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Despite empty reservoirs, Pattaya will have enough water, PWA insists

By Warapun Jaikusol

May 9, 2020

Despite the five reservoirs feeding Pattaya being nearly empty, the Provincial Waterworks Authority insists the city can make it through the summer without serious shortages.

PWA Pattaya Manager Chaiyatat Aitsang said May 7 that water diversion from rivers nearby and good water management will ensure Pattaya has enough of the wet stuff, even if rain doesn’t replenish nearby reservoirs.

The Mabprachan, Chak Nok, Nong Klang Dong, Huay Saphan and Huay Khunjit lakes normally contribute 80 million cubic meters of raw water for Pattaya, but now the reservoirs are either empty or down to puddles.

Chaiyatat said the remaining 10 percent will be supplemented by 110,000 cu. meters of water from other sources, such as the Prasae River in Rayong and the Nong Plalai Reservoir, and 10,000 cu. meters of water from the Bang Phra Reservoir.

Moreover, he said, the PWA is buying 23,000 cu. meters of water a day from Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Plc.

He said the drought is the worst since 2002, but, back then, Pattaya had only the Mabprachan Reservoir from which to draw water.

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/despit ... sts-298881

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