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I live in the Thepprasit area and we're supposed to have water on odd days, like today. On Wednesday the mains delivered 50 litres, yesterday zilch as expected, and so far today all of 2 litres has come through. I don't see any notices on their FB page about extraordinary circumstances like a burst water main, so have they just given up?

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I thought today was an "even" day ? (You know, being the 26th and all but hey - got to account for "Thai Time" too  so maybe it is an "odd" day !)

I've given up on them (PWA). 
It seems we often go 3+ days without a dribble followed by a partial day with a trickle. I was keeping track of it on a calendar but gave up on that 12 days ago.
PITA to climb up to the top of the tank each day to see how full it is (or isn't) so I'm just going to go easy on my usage until things improve or I run out of water.

Yesterday we had a trickle. I could hear the tank filling (slowly) so I opened the tap to the washing machine. After about 2 minutes the water was just starting to rise (from the closed drain valve) to the bottom of the washer. At that rate I figured it'd be maybe 2 hours to fill the machine.
Gave up and turned on the pump, hoping the "trickle" would eventually refill the tank.
Today - no water (in the mains). No idea what the level in the tank is (would love to install a sight gauge one day though). I wonder who makes/supplies/sells them.

Raining now - should go throw some clothes on the street and wash the motorcycles. That why I can do 3 things concurrently (wash bikes and clothes and have a shower).

Though it's not really raining hard enough for a good shower (yet). 

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1 hour ago, blackcab said:

2 litres or 2 units?

Literally two litres according to the water meter.

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1 hour ago, Kerryd said:

I thought today was an "even" day ? (You know, being the 26th and all but hey - got to account for "Thai Time" too  so maybe it is an "odd" day !)

I've given up on them (PWA). 
It seems we often go 3+ days without a dribble followed by a partial day with a trickle. I was keeping track of it on a calendar but gave up on that 12 days ago.
PITA to climb up to the top of the tank each day to see how full it is (or isn't) so I'm just going to go easy on my usage until things improve or I run out of water.

Yesterday we had a trickle. I could hear the tank filling (slowly) so I opened the tap to the washing machine. After about 2 minutes the water was just starting to rise (from the closed drain valve) to the bottom of the washer. At that rate I figured it'd be maybe 2 hours to fill the machine.
Gave up and turned on the pump, hoping the "trickle" would eventually refill the tank.
Today - no water (in the mains). No idea what the level in the tank is (would love to install a sight gauge one day though). I wonder who makes/supplies/sells them.

Raining now - should go throw some clothes on the street and wash the motorcycles. That why I can do 3 things concurrently (wash bikes and clothes and have a shower).

Though it's not really raining hard enough for a good shower (yet). 

I was looking at this thing from the PWA, not that it does me much good as it's all in Thai, lol:

 

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I can see Thepprasit under 'wan ku', which the GF told me was not yesterday, so I guess it must be even days like today? Or is that the day without any water? It doesn't seem to matter as we had no water yesterday and have no water today either.

 

My water tank is in the ground, so even if there's no pressure it will still get a trickle of water supply due to gravity if there's any water in the mains, but there's none at all, or somebody has closed a valve shut and is not reopening it when they're supposed to. The days when there was sufficient water pressure to fill a water tank that's above ground are a distant memory in this village, which is odd as for the last eight years we've had an excellent water supply. It's also odd as after the heavyish rain we had the reservoirs are filling up very slowly, there's certainly more water in Mabprachan than there was a month ago. Maybe the PWA is reserving the water supply for the millions of Thai tourists who are going to reinvigorate the local economy, lol.

 

And thank Buddha for this morning's light rain, no need to water the flowers today or tomorrow.

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9 minutes ago, Phoenix Rising said:

I live off the Thepprasit Rd and we haven't received a drop for a week. 

 

Has anyone got their teelac to call the PWA on 038 222 461 and ask them when we'll get some sort of water supply back?

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Their generosity astounds me, we now have 20 days to pay our water bills rather than the previous 10 days. The only minor snag is that you're having to pay for something that you're not getting, but hey, this is Thailand, why would you expect anything else, lol?

 

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1 hour ago, Guderian said:

Their generosity astounds me, we now have 20 days to pay our water bills rather than the previous 10 days. The only minor snag is that you're having to pay for something that you're not getting, but hey, this is Thailand, why would you expect anything else, lol?

 

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If it is metered, and you are not getting any, why is the bill not zero?

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1 hour ago, jacko45k said:

If it is metered, and you are not getting any, why is the bill not zero?


My bill was a whopping 65 baht for the last cycle. Despite the frequent outages and low pressure, it seems I still used 2 cbm (cubic meters) of water over the month. (Normally I seem to use 3 - 3 1/2 cbm a month.)

The girls at 7-11 even laughed at how small my "bill" was. Made me want to run home and turn on the taps just to increase my next one so they'd be more impressed. (Or laugh less at least !)

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1 hour ago, jacko45k said:

If it is metered, and you are not getting any, why is the bill not zero?

The house and hence the utilities are in a company name. There's a standard rate for companies of around 350 Baht/month, which includes 15 m3 of water a month - but only if there's a water supply there, of course! You pay extra if you use more than the 15 m3, but you don't get a refund for using less.

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32 minutes ago, Kerryd said:


My bill was a whopping 65 baht for the last cycle. Despite the frequent outages and low pressure, it seems I still used 2 cbm (cubic meters) of water over the month. (Normally I seem to use 3 - 3 1/2 cbm a month.)

The girls at 7-11 even laughed at how small my "bill" was. Made me want to run home and turn on the taps just to increase my next one so they'd be more impressed. (Or laugh less at least !)

 

Having said earlier about the guy who's supposed to open the valve on our "water day" having fallen asleep on the job, he must have just woken up as I've got a trickle coming through again. There's no pressure behind it so it won't help my neighbours with above-ground water tanks, but if the valve stays open long enough I might get a few hundred litres which would be a help.

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20 minutes ago, Guderian said:

The house and hence the utilities are in a company name. There's a standard rate for companies of around 350 Baht/month, which includes 15 m3 of water a month - but only if there's a water supply there, of course! You pay extra if you use more than the 15 m3, but you don't get a refund for using less.

My house is in a company name, and my water used to be. After talking with a neighbour, I sent the Mrs down to the PWA with a few past bills and she was able to convince them to change my Tariff to that of a domestic user. It is somewhat cheaper now.

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1 hour ago, jacko45k said:

My house is in a company name, and my water used to be. After talking with a neighbour, I sent the Mrs down to the PWA with a few past bills and she was able to convince them to change my Tariff to that of a domestic user. It is somewhat cheaper now.

I thought about doing that, but as I normally use more than the 15 m3 that's included in the 350 Baht monthly bill I didn't see any real advantage to it. Certainly, if you don't have a garden and only use a few m3/month then it would be worth making the change.

 

At least compared with the UK, mains water is a bargain here when it's available. Back home, 15 m3 would cost me well over 2,000 Baht, so I can't get worked up about paying the 350 Baht company rate, as long as the PWA actually delivers us some water.

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