Pattaya seeks funding to deepen Mabprachan Reservoir

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Chonburi officials will propose deepening the Mabprachan Reservoir to help combat water scarcity problems when a Transportation Ministry budget panel meets in Pattaya later this month.

Deputy Gov. Phakhornthorn Thienchai presided over a May 31 budget-planning session at Pattaya City Hall, seeking opinions from Banglamung District Chief Chaowalit Saeng-Uthai and Pattaya Permanent Secretary Pakorn Sukhonthachart on water-distribution problems and how expanding the reservoir might help.

Chonburi Deputy Gov. Phakhornthorn Thienchai presides over a budget-planning session at Pattaya City Hall. Chonburi Deputy Gov. Phakhornthorn Thienchai presides over a budget-planning session at Pattaya City Hall.

The proposal will be among a long list of items for which the province is requesting funds for from the 2013 budget. Ministry officials will meet June 18-19 to consider the proposals.

Phakhornthorn said city officials on that date will make a presentation on water problems and outline plans to deepen the lake in order to hold more hard water.

“Water scarcity has been a major problem that has created a lot of difficulties for residents and hurts Pattaya’s tourist-promotion plans,” he said.

Other proposals the city hopes to get funded are patrols by civil defense volunteers and traffic management.