Covid -19 pandemic directly impacts Pattaya waterworks as number of water users decrease 40%, revenue plummets

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Pattaya –

The third round of the Covid –19 pandemic has caused a decrease in the number of water users in Pattaya by 40 percent, according to the manager of the Pattaya Waterwork Authority (PWA).

The Manager of the Pattaya Waterworks Authority, Mr. Chaitat Eidsang, told Pattaya News reporters over the past weekend after they were invited to his office to review the current water situation in Pattaya, “Many tourists visited Pattaya and many Thais and foreign migrant workers lived in Pattaya before the pandemic hit in early 2020. 2.5 hundred thousand cubic meters of water was used per day before March of 2020 on average.”

“Since the start of the pandemic at the beginning of last year, there were no longer any foreign tourists. Many Thai people left Pattaya to go back to their hometown as there were no jobs with many businesses shut down by Covid-19 restrictions. Even some of the local ex-pats left to return to their countries. The migrants that could go home went home, although many are still here due to ongoing border restrictions, some have even regretfully become homeless. Unfortunately, over a year later, we are having the problem with many businesses shut down once again for several months, such as the massive entertainment sector, causing a huge reduction in water users and population. There is not an exact census on the amount of the population that has left Pattaya City but we do have the exact numbers on water users and the decrease in usage of water supply, which is very telling.” Chaitat said.

“The Number of water users has decreased 40 percent overall in Pattaya. The income of the Pattaya Waterworks Authority has also decreased by 30 percent. This has caused some problems with our future management and development plan.” Chaitat added.

“During this time we have decreased water production by 1.5 hundred thousand cubic meters,” Chaitat stated.

“However this is a good time to solve the problem with broken water pipes as the pressure is decreased. This is also why we have had a larger amount of periods for those residents still here when water is not available and temporary shut-offs as we repair aged pipes and drainage systems around Pattaya.” Chaitat chimed in.

“We also have time to ensure the reservoirs are running properly and our equipment is in better shape before more tourists and people come back to Pattaya. We are prepared for a return of visitors and an increase in local residents, hopefully by the fourth quarter of this year depending on the vaccination program and tourist schemes like the Pattaya Move On program. (Designed to bring back vaccinated foreign tourists, currently proposed for October 2021).” Chaitat concluded.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.