All 3 Pattaya flood-pumping stations damaged

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Damaged engines and other equipment are hampering all three of Pattaya’s main wastewater-pumping stations city officials found during a recent inspection.

Damaged engines and other equipment are hampering all three of Pattaya’s main wastewater-pumping stations city officials found during a recent inspection.
Damaged engines and other equipment are hampering all three of Pattaya’s main wastewater-pumping stations city officials found during a recent inspection.

Pattaya City Council Chairman Anan Angkanawisai, and Col. Popanan Leuang­panuwat, deputy commander of the 14th Military Circle, inspected the station at the Puek Plub Canal in Naklua Dec. 22 to follow up on encroachment of public land there.

Private businesses and residents had built on or extended into the canal area, impeding water drainage and exacerbating flooding. Popanan said all those cited for violations were cooperating in removing their illegal structures.

But authorities also found that pump motors and related equipment at Puek Plub were damaged and poorly maintained, cutting their effectiveness during heavy flooding.

Similar inspections of pump facilities in South Pattaya and at Bali Hai Pier found similar damage.

Anan said the results of the inspections will be presented to the city council for consideration of an urgent repair budget.