Sattahip residents threaten takeover of water plant if taps remain dry

Friday, 18 March 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 11 By  Patcharapol Panrak

Residents of a Sattahip neighborhood are threatening to take over a local water-pumping station if the district does not solve long-running water-supply problems within a week.

Royal Thai Marines Lt. Col. Pramot Sri-Ondee and 30 angry residents of the Sattahip Country Hill development complained to Moo 6 Village Chief Natthachai Sangsri March 4 that most homes have not had tap water for a year and others only sporadically.

The problem has worsened in the past two weeks, with running water available only once in that time. Residents have been forced to buy water from trucks and they’ve had enough.

Royal Thai Marines Lt. Col. Pramot Sri-Ondee and angry residents complain to Village Chief Natthachai Sangsri about local water supply problems. Royal Thai Marines Lt. Col. Pramot Sri-Ondee and angry residents complain to Village Chief Natthachai Sangsri about local water supply problems.

Natthachai said he would pass along their concerns, but residents say they’ve filed a number of complaints, all of which have gone unresolved.

As a result, Pramot said residents will give authorities seven days to sort out the problem or they will take over the water station by force, shutting it down for all district residents.

Sattahip Waterworks Manager Polpot Chenwittaya said the Sattahip Country Hill area is served by a water tower and not a pump system. Therefore pressure problems have prevented the flow of water to many residents, particularly at night. He said alternate locations for the tank were explored, but no budget was allocated for it.

Polpot pledged to investigate the pipe systems in the neighborhood and correct any damage within a week. But if the problem stems from low pressure, he said he can’t estimate when it will be resolved.

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