Engineers suggest 3 more pumps to combat Pattaya flooding

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Pattaya sanitation engineers have suggested the city should buy three more high-power water pumps to prepare for rainy season.

Wiwat Jirapaitoonsee, director of the Sanitation Engineering Department, and Somtop Wandee, director of Water Quality Management Division, made their proposal to Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and other city officials at a Jan. 22 meeting.

The pumps would supplement three high-power machines bought at the end of the 2014 rainy season.

The engineers explained that Pattaya has different flooding problems in different areas for different reasons.

Sparsely populated Krating Lai doesn’t suffer much, but should be protected from floods as much as other areas, they said.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay (left) reacts to Wiwat Jirapaitoonsee (right), director of Pattaya’s Sanitation Engineering Department’s explanation for why the city needs more water pumps to battle floods.Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay (left) reacts to Wiwat Jirapaitoonsee (right), director of Pattaya’s Sanitation Engineering Department’s explanation for why the city needs more water pumps to battle floods.

In Naklua, flooding can be eased with pumps, cleanup of polluted drainage canals and improvements to underground drainage pipes. The Nok Yang canal can be cleaned. The Peek Plub canal needs both cleaning and pumps. And the jasmine plantation area of Hua Toong has two drainage pipes, but contractors didn’t connect them to the main pipelines so water could drain into the sea.

In the Soi Khao Noi-Soi Khao Talo zone, a new drainage trench and collector should solve most the problems, engineers said.

In Jomtien Beach, flooding is most severe near the Rom Po Market and pumps are suggested there.

And in Pattaya, new drainage pipes are being laid near Beach Road to supplement three pumps bought earlier.