Villagers from Kok Ya Village in Nong Khae District, Saraburi Province state they have been living without water for 7 years. The villagers do have access to water but only from 10 pm to 4 am. They also revealed that although they have restricted water, their water bills are higher than homes that are located lower in the village but have access to water at all times. Parichat 23 years old from the village reported to Khaosod News Team on 3 July 2023 on the incident. Parichat states that villagers have had no access to water for years. Water can only be used during specific times and stop running at 4 am.
The village she lives in is located higher than other homes in the area and when the homes in these villages start using the water, the supply runs out in theirs. Over 100 homes in this village are affected from 4 am until late at night. The villagers have to buy water from other sources in the area. They have made complaints to many related sectors including the Kok Ya Subdistrict Administrative Organization (SAO). The SAO sent a complaint to the Provincial Waterworks Authority requesting to increase water pressure but nothing has been done.
Parichat states “The water pipes are often damaged resulting in no water access at all. Villagers have had to live like this for 7 years. Even when there is water they have to leave the tap on for hours because only air comes out. The water meter keeps moving increasing the bill, but there is no actual water”. She has to wake up at 1 am to wash her clothes before leaving for work. The water is clear and clean but they just hope to have access to water like other homes in Thailand. Their water bills are also 200-300 THB while homes in other villages with water at all times have a water bill of only 100 THB.
FB Caption: Parichat states they have to leave the tap on for hours and have water for only a few hours a day.