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Groundwater resources scoped to bolster supply

Groundwater resources scoped to bolster supply

PHUKET: Sakda Vicheansil, Director-General of the Department of Groundwater Resources, yesterday (May 26) presided over the launch of a project to explore and assess the potential of deep groundwater in Phuket as part of the government’s plan to avoid future water shortages.

By The Phuket News

Friday 27 May 2022, 10:17AM

Sakda Vicheansil, Director-General of the Department of Groundwater Resources, samples the water pumped from one of the wells bored to assess Phuket’s groundwater reserves. Photo: PR Phuket

Sakda Vicheansil, Director-General of the Department of Groundwater Resources, samples the water pumped from one of the wells bored to assess Phuket’s groundwater reserves. Photo: PR Phuket

Mr Sakda said that the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa ordered the Department of Groundwater Resources to develop a project to help solve the problem of water shortages following a Cabinet resolution in November 2020.

“Phuket is the largest island in Thailand with a total area of ​​more than 543 square kilometres. The area features mountains and beautiful beaches, which is important to the tourism industry which provides employment and generates a lot of income for the local people,” Mr Sakda said.

“There is also the agricultural sector, which covers most of the island, and continuous expansion of urban communities in the Phuket area has affected the demand for various basic utilities,” he added.

“Inevitably, that includes water resources, which is a basic utility that is a key factor in development, but with the water management system and water storage in the area being limited, as a result, there is a problem of water shortage for consumption,” Mr Sakda said.

“The project is to explore and assess the potential of deep groundwater for management in Phuket in order to use all the obtained data to analyse and process the summaries of deep groundwater potential, both quantitatively and qualitatively,” Mr Sakda said.

A total of 45 wells had already been drilled, with half of those able to provide a volume of more than 5 cubic metres per hour, Mr Sakda noted.

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Of the 45 wells, 14 were found to be large groundwater sources able to provide more than 10 cubic metres of water per hour. The 14 wells were in four areas: Rassada, Wichit, Cherng Talay and Mai Khao.

“We will use all the information obtained to analyse and process the data to determine the deep groundwater potential both in terms of quantity and quality as well as designing groundwater pumping systems and water distribution systems to be used for creating guidelines for effective water management and groundwater resource development for better living so that people have a source of groundwater for consumption,” Mr Sakda said.

The guidelines developed will be used in other archipelago areas with similar geological features in the future, he said.

Not mentioned yesterday was the pipeline from Phang Nga that is supposed to be under construction to supplement Phuket’s public water supply ‒ a major infrastructure project launched after Phuket suffered severe water shortages in 2018 and 2019.

Also not explained was why Phuket was looking to deplete groundwater sources when the island just opened a major water park, whose opening was openly promoted on the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority official Facebook page.

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Kurt | 29 May 2022 - 07:10:12

@Sir Burr: With running dry I ment the well water levels lower than the pipes inlets, and having a wet muddy bottom sludge left. Such wells can filled up by tankers, as they do and have to do frequently during periods of draught.
@Poolikev: Your thinking is a supposition based on nothing.

Pooliekev | 28 May 2022 - 18:11:01

Kurt,  I think these people might know a teeny bit more than you.

Sir Burr | 28 May 2022 - 15:25:03

If you pour water into any dry well, it will just soak away. That goes for shallow wells that are supplied by the water-shed, or deep bore.
You don't seem to know what you are talking about Kurt.

Kurt | 28 May 2022 - 13:09:30

Mr Sakda will get a place in Phuket history book as the man who completely ignores the fact when you suck up in a 'industialized' way fresh  water from deep, it gets below an island replaced by salinized water. Poor future Phuket water housekeeping/environment.

Kurt | 28 May 2022 - 12:21:06

....collected from private water well filling ups when they run dry due to this new water supply handling thinking. Thinking the whole thing through, it is to crazy for words. How a island makes herself future wise unlivable.

Kurt | 28 May 2022 - 12:15:58

@JohnC, good question. 'We' all think about it. Well, the 'committee studies' are done.  'Study pockets' filled but this moment no need to start the project. (no anticipation future busy tourist seasons). Guess Officialdom expect not the level of pre-Covid 19 level tourism any longer.. This 'solution' costs nothing but brings in enormous profits, collected from priv...

Kurt | 28 May 2022 - 11:48:45

In a few years time private waterwells have to filled up by water tankers due to lowering ground water level. These tanker companies already licking their lips of when they see on their calculator the future extra profits coming.

Kurt | 28 May 2022 - 11:37:23

At Patak Road bend Karon is a location watertankers are loading. Opposite are 2 sois with 24 houses, (Karon Villas) all on water wells. In dry season these wells must be filled up by tanker as grondwater level is already vyo  low and wells run empty. Is just 200 m from the tanker fill station what obvious from deeper level pumps up. The outlook for many private water well holders!

JohnC | 28 May 2022 - 09:27:21

Buggered if I'd be sampling water pumped straight up from any bore in Phuket. What is the Thai equivelent of Delhi belly?

JohnC | 28 May 2022 - 09:22:27

What happened to the great idea to pipe water down from Phang Nga? I still think this is Phuket's best option for a good clean contstant water supply, especially once the hoards of tourists eventually come back.

Kurt | 27 May 2022 - 10:55:06

Pumping up fresh ground water will make the balanced counter pressure against the salt sea water around Phuket weaker. Result: Salinization of the Phuket underground water conditions all over the island. In less than 10 years all people having their own garden water well will pump up salinized water. As simple it is. Where is no longer fresh water, salt water will penetrate.

Kurt | 27 May 2022 - 10:44:01

Oh Noooo!  Exploration of large amounts of ground water lowers ground water levels to much, Is a threat to Phuket natural water housekeeping. Lowering water levels make the hills make their water content flow down faster. Like brown dry hills? What we read now is a dangerous water attack.  Thought we get a water pipeline to Phuket. 


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