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Pattaya hotel and tourism sector calls water problem a crisis

Hoteliers and tourism business operators in the popular seaside resort Pattaya of Thailand`s eastern province of Chonburi meeting on Friday…

Hoteliers and tourism business operators in the popular seaside resort Pattaya of Thailand`s eastern province of Chonburi meeting on Friday said they would ask their member of parliament (MP) to petition Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for a solution to the current water shortage.

Speaking at a panel discussion on water shortage in the country`s eastern provinces, Thanet Supornsahasrangsee, President of the Pattaya Travel and Tourism Association, said the government is still hiding the truth about the reality of the water crisis.

The true extent of the water shortage is more severe than what the government portrays, he said.

Pattaya needs 120,000 cubic metres of water per day, Mr. Thanet said, but East Water Company and the Royal Irrigation Department now provide the city with only 80,000 cubic metres a day.

The 40,000 cubic metre shortfall, must be made up by residential customers and the business sector themselves who are forced to buy directly from commercial water supply trucks at 100 baht per cubic metre.

He said the association would work with local MP to negotiate an immediate solution to the water shortage crisis by meeting with the prime minister, warning that the problem, if prolonged would affect the local tourism and cost the nation billions of baht in a loss of tourism revenue.

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