Interview with Bua Bishop
By Sahisna Suwal
The following is a short interview with Bua Bishop, a Thai citizen, in regards to her personal perspectives on the current water issues in Thailand. She currently lives in Roi-Ed Province of Thailand.
1. What do you believe are some current water issues in Thailand?
Bua: The current water issue in the Northeast of Thailand is the drought which gets worse in summer (late March-June). Most of people here are farmers so their living is depend on natural water source such as river or rain. Thus, the soil in the Northeast of Thailand is sandy soil so it’s barely holding the water.
2. How do these challenges affect daily life?
Bua: The drought has been affecting my community for years. In my village all working age people move to the city to work for the manufactory instead because there is not enough water to do farming anymore. Now there are only old people and children left in the village which lead to the other problem such as school quitting, drug and teenage pregnancy.
3. How do the people handle this problem in Thailand?
Bua: They usually build the big public water tank so they can store some rain to use through the summer. Some people pay lots of money on seeking for new underground water source.
4. What do you believe needs to be done?
Bua: The government should work on how to save up some water in the rainy season so the
farmer can use through the summer period without waiting for mother of nature. There is one dam in the Northeast area but it’s not enough so I think the government should work on building more dams and educate people about how to face the drought.
5. Is there anything you would like to add from your personal experience?
Bua: The government should also educate the famer about global warming issue too because some farmers still don’t know that their farm has been causing the global warming such as burning the weed and unwanted crop, using too much machine instead of animal and human labor and so forth.
Bua’s recounts demonstrate that the water issue in Thailand affect various groups of the population and has an impact on the country’s economy. She also highlights the need for awareness and education of environmental issues to the population so that they have a better understanding of these problems.