Walking Street to be given drainage system upgrade

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Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and a team of engineers inspect the current drainage system in South Pattaya. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan).

Pattaya plans to upgrade Walking Street’s drainage system this month to prevent more of the type of flooding that occurred during tropical depression Vamco.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay inspected the existing system Sept. 24 and outlined ways the city can expand pipes linking sewers to the sea.

Verawat said it was clear the runoff from the Sept. 14-18 storm had clogged sewers. He assigned the Sanitation Engineering Department to tackle the issue by expanding the sewer system to make drainage more effective.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and a team of engineers inspect the current drainage system in South Pattaya. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan).Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and a team of engineers inspect the current drainage system in South Pattaya. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan).

Verawat said Pattaya will begin work in October to replace meter-wide pipes with lines three meters wide and about 80 meters long near Walking Street. Work should last about two months.

The pipes will link to Beach Road to drain water more smoothly. It would also prevent the nightlife zone from being flooded as it was during Vamco, he said.