Elaborating on his Jan. 19 proposal to put out for private bid construction of the plant and required pipelines, the mayor said the second plant would further treat hard water produced by plants on Soi Nong Yai and Soi Wat Boonkanchanaram so that it could be sold as tap water by the Provincial Waterworks Authority.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome says a second water-treatment plant would be able to provide Pattaya with enough water capacity for another 15-20 years of growth.
While it’s able to supply Pattaya with about 250,000 cu. meters of water per day, the PWA says the city’s current average usage of 138,000 cu. meters is rising and, within years, will exceed capacity.
“Currently there is enough water, but if drought arrives, repeated water scarcity issues may occur,” the mayor warned the council. “This project will provide Pattaya City with enough water for another 15-20 years.”
The mayor also revised his initial 900 million baht estimate for the cost of the project down to 700 million baht. However, it is still unclear where that money would come from.
Nonetheless, the mayor still wants to begin soliciting bids from private companies to run the recycling operation. The city, he said, would construct the plant itself.
Itthiphol assured council members that even though the water system would be outsourced to the private sector, the city would retain control of the 700 million baht in funds it hopes to obtain and act as “caretaker” after the plant goes into operation.