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‘Not enough water for 2020’, says Phuket water chief

‘Not enough water for 2020’, says Phuket water chief

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Chief Graisorn Mahamad has announced a slew of measures to conserve what little water supplies Phuket has in the hope of staving off serious water shortages across the island.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 16 January 2020, 06:08PM

Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Chief Graison Mahamad announced the news at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 15). Photo PR Dept

Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Chief Graison Mahamad announced the news at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 15). Photo PR Dept

“We don’t have enough water to produce in 2020 because the water levels at the three main reservoirs – Bang Wad, Bang Neow Dum and Khlong Kratha reservoirs – are so low,” Mr Graison told a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 15).

Mr Graisorn told The Phuket News today (Jan 16) that Bang Wad reservoir in Kathu held 2.832 million cubic metres of water – about 27.2% of the reservoir’s full capacity. “This is enough to last 83 days,” he said.

Khlong Kratha reservoir was much healthier, holding 1.885mn m3, or about 43.7% of capacity. “This is enough to last 118 days. At this stage, there is still enough water to supply Chalong, Rawai and Karon from the Khlong Katha reservoir,” Mr Graisorn added.

Bang Neow Dum reservoir, however, currently contains 0.422mn m3 or 5.9% of its capacity. “This is not enough to even use,” he said.

The dwindling water reserves at Bang Neow Dum last November were already dedicated as for use in emergency only as the water level there was so low the water would not be clear enough to be pumped out. (See story here.)

With water levels at Bang Neow Dum so low, the PWA has had private water suppliers provide about 14,000m3 per day to serve those usually supplied by the reservoir.

A temporary weir is being built along the Jae-Sa canal in Cherng Talay to help supply Mai Khao, Thepkrasattri, Srisoonthorn and Pa Khlok, Mr Graisorn said.

People in those areas, however, are already suffering restricted water supply during specified hours, he added.

The PWA will later draw water from the Pang Canal in Cherng Talay to supply the Bang Jo water station

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Mr Graisorn said that the volume of water released from Bang Wad was to be reduced on Jan 1 by one-third – from 15,000 cubic metres a day to just 10,000m3. “That has not happened yet, but it will soon,” he said.

Last Monday (Jan 6), the volume of water from Bang Wad distributed to the Wichit area and to Patong was reduced, Mr Graisorn confirmed.

However, to offset the reduction in mains supply to Wichit a private company began supplying at least 4,000m3 per day, he said.

The next step is for the PWA to start building a weir along Klong Bang Yai to create another water source, and to search for new water sources to use to supplement mains supply, he said.

“If this does not provide enough water for residents, the PWA will use water trucks to deliver water to people, especially those living in elevated areas,” he said.

Mr Graison admitted that already some people were struggling with no water supply in Phuket,

“The PWA has already dispatched water trucks to deliver water to these people,” Mr Graisorn said.

He urged people needing water to be delivered to call 095-4217895.

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Jor12 | 22 January 2020 - 18:49:55

yes, I have seen the budget.  I have also read the article so that too must be fake.

Rorri_2 | 21 January 2020 - 12:43:03

Jor12... so you have seen the "budget," or is it more fake commenting.

Rorri_2 | 21 January 2020 - 12:41:42

Hubert, then if K didn't comment then you would have little to read, many of kurt's comments are valid, if you take the time to understand what he has to say... unlike that gang that only criticises with countering what he says.

Jor12 | 21 January 2020 - 03:36:50

Using "real"names will make no difference to inane comments. So what is the point of having a comments section and not reading them? No apologist, one only needs to read the article which points out what efforts are being made within budget constraints.

HubertK | 20 January 2020 - 17:50:29

Mr.Rorri, I tried that already.Problem is ,that the comment section is plastered all over with his comments. If I would avoid them all.other comments are still connected with his comments.No way to escape the daily madness.

Rorri_2 | 20 January 2020 - 11:51:34

HurbertK... here's what a smart person would do... see the name, don't read the comment, if you do read it.. well guess who must be a fool.

Christy Sweet | 20 January 2020 - 08:45:37

I wish TPN would treat this comment section as Letters to The Editor and demand real names which might cut down quite a bit the tiresome insults. 

Rorri_2 | 19 January 2020 - 17:54:25

Jor12... aka the protector of Thai applogists, but must be finding it harder.. they have had water shortages for a few years, yet do nothing to fix it.. only words, hoping it will rain and it can be forgotten,  until next time, then repeat the same BS.

HubertK | 19 January 2020 - 11:24:34

I have to agree with Mr.Jor12.
Comments made by the mentioned person are not interesting but rather annoying.Many times completely off topic and only made to seek attention.

Jor12 | 19 January 2020 - 10:48:28

Pascale demonstrates intelligence merely by pointing out the obvious.  K's comments are far from interesting reading. Clearly you don't include yourself as an intelligent reader. Yes the article as you rightly point out concerns the scarcity of water.

Rorri_2 | 19 January 2020 - 05:19:21

Tourists showering, doing teeth etc with klong water, that will go down well. As for running out of water... well, already carting water, to many areas, cutting off water, randomly to other areas, now going to use klong water, yep, running out of water.

Rorri_2 | 19 January 2020 - 05:15:07

Pascale... get a life, so willing to pick on others, at least kurt makes for interesting  reading,  most of us, intelligent readers, accept no one is 100%... we also accept thete is a small number of pedantic nit pickers,  who add absolutely nothing.

JohnC | 18 January 2020 - 10:12:09

Already not enough water for normal daily use but you wait, come Songkran they whole country will once again waste what little water resources we have. Who cares if the country has no water as long as we can play for a day or two....

Pascale | 17 January 2020 - 15:53:33

@K.  Some months ago you predicted there would be no more water in January.Now there will be no more water on Songkran.Shows how serious your predictions are to be taken.

Timothy | 17 January 2020 - 09:52:03

So yesterday we read that the water problems are solved. Today they are talking about using water from klongs and canals. By smell alone, one can tell that the water in those sources is not good....This is getting serious and potentially dangerous.  

Kurt | 17 January 2020 - 07:25:14

Finally a Official who lays the Phuket 'water cards' on the table. Now the Governors have to unfold and sharing their thinking with us about construction stop thousands new tourist rooms and limitation of tourist numbers. No need to talk about Songkran water savings. As by then there is no water anymore.

Galong | 16 January 2020 - 21:27:07

And YET, the sprinklers are going in the middle of the day at Suan Luang Park and the golf course near Bang Wad. Water trucks are still used to clean the streets in town from time to time. It sounds like the government is taking it seriously.  

Fascinated | 16 January 2020 - 19:33:47

Here's an idea- suspend all building until a sustainable solution can be figured out.  Why these big projects are allowed to go ahead with no examination of infrastructure access such as water and sewage is just negligent.

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