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Emergency water distribution points set up in hard-hit area of Phuket Town

Emergency water distribution points set up in hard-hit area of Phuket Town

PHUKET: Phuket City Municipality has set up 20 emergency water-distribution points in the hard-hit area of Hatchana Niwet, where residents no longer have running water, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana has announced.

By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 06:50PM

“We have installed 20 water tanks that each can contain 2,000 litres of water in the area, as people are facing water outages because the water pressure is not enough to deliver running water,” Mayor Somjai explained.

The tanks will be refilled at 10am and 6pm each day, she added.

The water outages in Hatchana Niwet began as the council was forced to reduce water mains water pressure throughout the town yet again in the hope of making water reserves last as long as possible.

Phuket City Municipality first reduced water pressure throughout Phuket Town in January, with water supply reduced from 9am-5pm and from 10pm to 5am each day. (See story here.)

The lates reduction in water pressure move comes as the council worries about water reserves running low at the five main sources used to supply Phuket Town residents.

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Mayor Somjai explained that water reserves for Phuket Town were currently as follows:

  1. Bang Wad Reservoir – 1,542,069 cubic meters
  2. Pond near Phuket City Municipality office – 404,560 cubic meters.
  3. Pond in King’s Park (Suan Luang) – 122,894 cubic meters
  4. Pond near Vachira Phuket Hospital – 54,716 cubic meters
  5. Pond in Soi Paniang – 60,000 cubic meters.

“We expect that reducing the water pressure even more can leave us with enough water to last until the end of April, and we have been looking for new water sources,” she said.

Meanwhile, water trucks have also been posted at three locations in Phuket Town where residents can collect emergency water. The water trucks have been posted at the DDPM office on Kra Rd; the DDPM office on Soi Paniang; and the Phuket City Water Treatment Plant at Suan Luang Park.

Any Phuket Town residents in need of emergency water supply can call the DDPM hotline 199 or Phuket City Municipality Waterworks Division at 076-212457 or 076-211130 (24 hours).

“We urge people to use water sparingly and to be prepared in case water supply stops. Keep water in containers in the house so you can use it when you need to,” Mayor Somjai said.

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Rorri_2 | 14 March 2020 - 07:26:56

Jor12... if PN posted ALL my comments it would be a lot clearer, but for reasons unknown  they chose not to.

Jor12 | 13 March 2020 - 14:48:16

R...and how does your startling revelation that you did not see comments this morning assist with man's understanding of the earths rotation?

Rorri_2 | 12 March 2020 - 11:48:06

I don't recall seeing the comments when I first checked this morning.

JohnC | 12 March 2020 - 09:50:19

@Pascale. Kudos! Many of us are thoroughly fed up with the super whinger's moaning comments....

Pascale | 11 March 2020 - 15:14:06

@Kurt. A real 3rd world country would be happy to have that access.Guess the privileged super whinger has never been in one anyway.

Jor12 | 11 March 2020 - 12:09:35

wow...the 3 amigos sitting at same bar table drinking beers, lamenting about having no water to make ice for their whiskey.  Get use to it girls. It's been a natural phenomena for centuries. Floods then drought. Move to Australia or the Sahara so you can really moan with the camels.

Kurt | 11 March 2020 - 10:17:23

How is it possible that the richest thai province, Phuket, remain in a 3e world country stage when it come to water supply of inhabitants? When start any kind of undertaking to change this for the better next year? Just playing around with water container bucket providing and accurate reports of the left over water is not very hope giving for near future.

Rorri_2 | 11 March 2020 - 10:13:56

These supplies "might" hold the given amount of water, but just how much is usable? And it is a fact, earth dams walls should not be allowed to dry out.

Capricornball | 10 March 2020 - 19:11:01

Complete debacle resulting from Phuket officials having zero forethought and planning, just living day by day with no regard to the future. I have a friend on very limited income that had to buy her own 1,000-Lt tank, and is now  forced to pay 300 baht to refill it every 3 or 4 days. Wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn that the local crooks teamed up with water trucks to rip people off for pr...


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