Provincial Waterworks Authority officials said an East Pattaya neighborhood plagued with water shortages and broken pipes will see their problems resolved by the end of January.
Waterworks Director Sarayuth Thonghieng said Oct. 30 that the problems experienced by nearly 100 homes in Fah Mi Aad Kan Village have been caused by old concrete pipes and PVC piping that is too small to service the area. Both problems are being addressed, he said.
Sarayuth said that part of Pattaya is served by 15cm concrete pipes at the mouth of Soi Pornpraphanimit 13 that are more than 30 years old. The PWA has switched most water distribution to 10cm PVC pipes laid at Soi Pornpraphanimit 15, but the pipes are not big enough.
Pattaya PWA Manager Araya Ngamwongwan (left) and Waterworks Director Sarayuth Thonghieng (right) show plans to fix the broken pipes.
Thus, he said, residents experience water shortages during heavy daytime use. But at night, the drop in usage results in higher pressure, breaking pipes.
As for the current reserve plans of the waterworks, there has been initial problem solving by fixing the breakage areas, damaged areas as reported by residents. Officers are not sitting idle during the times citizens are facing difficulties, he said, officers are inspecting and working to correct the disabilities and as for long term problem solving, there will be new pipes laid.
Sarayuth said plans are underway to lay 16cm PVC pipes and further inspections are proceeding to alleviate the village’s problems. He predicted all new pipes and construction would be complete by January.
A map of the area highlighting PWA plans.