Village upset, no tap water for 2 weeks
NAKHON RATCHASIMA - A community of 450 families in Nakhon Ratchasima municipality complained bitterly on Tuesday that their tap water supply had been cut off for more than two weeks.
- Published: 5/02/2013 at 04:55 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
People in Nong Sano community said they have been suffering greatly as a result of having no tap water.
The community had informed Nakhon Ratchasima municipality about the problem, but no officials had showed up so far, Wiroj Chamchoo, the community leader, said.
“The people in the villagers now depend on well water, which can only be used for washing clothes and dishes or for showers,” Mr Wiroj said.
Many families did not have access to well water and had to buy 20 litre-bottles of drinking water which cost at 12-15 baht each refill, he added.
Kanokwan sae Tang said she believed the tap water stopped most of the time because the community was at the end of the municipality’s water pipeline.
Mrs Kanokwan said her family had to buy about 10-15 20 litre-bottles of water at a time.
“Our people have complained to municipal officials several times, and they promised to install a water tank for the community, but there is no sign at all that we will get it soon,” she said.
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Kanokwan sae Tang shows 20 litre-bottles of drinking water her family has bought since tap water stopped two weeks ago.
Pranee Srisurodom, a beauty salon owner, said she usually had 10 or more customers who came to have their hair washed and blow dried every day. No longer. She was losing about 1,200 baht a day because she could not service her customers.
Nakhon Ratchasima deputy mayor Boonlua Chareonwat said the problem arose because the community was far from the municipality’s tap water distribution point. It was not a problem of lack of water.
He said he had instructed disaster prevention and relief officials to send a fire engine to supply fresh water to the affected villagers.
The Municipal Waterworks Authority would also look to see if any water pipes were broken or leaking, or if construction projects had interferred with the flow of water.
He would also seek budget from the municipal council to procure and install a community water tank in the neighbourhood.
Pranee Srisurodom in her beauty salon. (Photos by Prasit Tangprasert)
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- Writer: Prasit Tangprasert
- Position: Reporter