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UBU built a Water Storage Pond for people in Pho Sai District, Ubon Ratchathani Province

Patcharin Jongjai     2019/02/22 ,     ( 440 views)  

On 22 February 2019, Associate Professor Chawalit Thinvongpituk, the Vice President for Research and Social Engagement, officially presented a Water Storage Pond to Mr. Natthapong Srikrit, Chief Executive of Samrong Sub-district Administrative Organization.

The pond was built as a prototype pond that can solve drought problems. Moreover, the Office of Research, Academic Services, and Arts & Culture Preservation at UBU organized the workshop titled ‘Water Storage Technology through Collaborative Management.’ The aims of the workshop were to provide knowledge of water storage technology and management and to enable people in the community to manage their water through the use of technology. The workshop was led by Dr. Chartrabhumi Viratjandr, a lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering at UBU.

The pond project was supported by the National Council Research of Thailand under the project ‘Research for Community’ that aims to develop people’s quality of life in communities, especially with having water storage for the dry season (December to April). The strength of the project was through the promotion of collaborative management of people in the community where they are involved in their own water management. The pond was built from geosynthetic clay to increase the storage capacity of the pond.

UBU had a meeting with community leaders in the Pho Sai District and agreed to select Samrong Village in Samrong Sub-district as the project base to build the pond. The village is located in the mountain and plains area where water storage is usually a difficult issue.  People in the village spend a lot of money to buy drinking water and their plants typically suffer due to the lack of water.

UBU believes that the Water Storage Pond will reduce the costs of living and promote people’s life quality in Samrong Village and its neighboring communities.

Besides the water storage project, UBU is also conducting more projects and research that is aimed to help develop communities under the ‘Research for Community’ Project.

Last but not least, UBU thanks people in Samrong Village for their cooperation that will help ensure success of the project.