While Pattaya’s anticipated water-shortage crisis appears to have been averted, city officials nonetheless are urging residents to conserve.
On Jan. 17, government agencies and utilities aid they are diverting water and rerouting pipes to bring enough water to the Pattaya area to hopefully prevent previously what was predicted to be the worst water shortage in five years.
But with Thailand’s drought still in full effect, city hall issue advice for residents and businesses to conserve water.
People should fill containers, ponds and water towers with excess water to hold for dry times. Cover all containers to prevent the breeding of mosquitos carrying the dengue fever virus.
Second, survey for ground water that could be tapped with wells and pumps. Of course, all drilling and construction requires permits.
People also can reclaim water and purify through wastewater treatment systems.
Finally, farmers are advised to cover fruit tree stumps with straw, nutshells, leaf fragments or grass and plant vetiver grass surrounding fruit trees or vegetable plots to prevent dehydration.