Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Pattaya’s water reservoirs will be full again in the near future
Sustained water demand in Pattaya has all but dried up during the coronavirus pandemic, as hotels, water parks, bars, soapy massage parlours and other tourist attractions have closed and former workers have left the city.
Because the water in this coastal town no longer flows freely during the ongoing pandemic, the provincial water company can store water during this rainy season and accelerate infrastructure projects.
PWA manager in Pattaya, Chaitat Eidsang, said this weekend that water demand has fallen by nearly 40 per cent since pre-pandemic times. That also applies to the financial income of the public company, he noted.
Two factors during the Covid19 pandemic are driving the reduced demand for water: the closure of hotels, water parks, soapy massage parlours and other tourist attractions, and the exodus from Pattaya of Thais who used to work there.
While the financial slump has affected the PWA’s budget, it has also given the utility an opportunity to accelerate construction projects, such as laying new pipelines under the parallel railroad and Highway 331.
With less demand, the water pressure can be lowered, allowing for faster pipe repairs in the areas, Chaitat said.
The disadvantage is that operating income has fallen drastically to 40 per cent, while the advantage is that the water reservoirs are gradually filling up again.
Before Covid-19, the Pattaya area used 250,000 cubic meters of water per day. That has now fallen to 150,000.
Chaitat estimates that the reservoirs will be 80 per cent full by the next dry season, enough to last through 2022 without worrying about shortages.
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