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Heavy rains do little to boost island’s water reserves: ‘We need more’ says Phuket water chief

Heavy rains do little to boost island’s water reserves: ‘We need more’ says Phuket water chief

PHUKET: The heavy rains that lashed the island earlier this week have done little to help replenish the island’s main reservoirs,  Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Chief Graisorn Mahamad had told The Phuket News.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 14 May 2020, 11:00AM

“If the heavy rains continued for three to five more days, we would have enough to start drawing more water from the reservoirs,” he said.

However, despite the recent heavy rains, Bang Wad reservoir, the island’s main reservoir, yesterday (May 13) contained less water than it did a week ago.

The reservoir yesterday contained 0.376mn cubic metres, or just 3.7%, of its 10.2mn-plus m3 capacity. On May 7 the reservoir contained 371,000 cubic metres of water – 4% of its capacity.

Bang Neow Dum reservoir in Srisoonthorn, Thalang, has enjoyed an increase of 2,000m3 on the  0.529mn m3 recorded last week. Yesterday it was recorded as containing 0.531mn m3 of water, or about 7.3% of its 7.2mn m3 capacity.

Meanwhile, Klong Kata reservoir yesterday contained a relatively healthy 0.428mn m3, or 9.9%, of its 4.32mn-plus m3 capacity, according to PWA records.

Although the annual rainy season is just beginning, until more heavy rains arrive the PWA will continue to rely on private water sources to supply what water it can, Mr Graisorn said.

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However, even the private sources the PWA has been relying on are running low, he explained.

Mr Graisorn led an inspection of the Bang Neow Dum reservoir and the Jea-Sa canal in Cherng Talay on Tuesday (May 12) to assess if any water could be pumped from the reservoir to the Jea-Sa canal in Cherng Talay to help boost water supply to the area.

Joining the inspection were Vice Governor Wongsakorn Nunchukan, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket office Chief Sophon Thongsai, Srisoonthorn Mayor Worawut Songyot and other officials.

“We will start taking some water, about 4,800m3 per day, from Bang Neow Dum next week to supply local people in the area,” Mr Graisorn confirmed.

“It is necessary to do this because the water from private sources is limited for now,” he said.

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maverick | 15 May 2020 - 07:21:58

Don’t worry the pipeline from Phangnga the wettest province in Thailand is on the way :-) :-) 

Pascale | 14 May 2020 - 22:20:00

@Kurt   I thought you would like to see environmental friendly changes on Phuket ? Obviously you do not know much about desalination plants. But at least you could have another comment.

Kurt | 14 May 2020 - 19:50:02

Phuket with her years continues water crisis, her many inhabitants already months without a normal water flow at home by PWA are not interested in 'disadvantages'. People are sick of Authorities water reports googling. They want normal water distribution by taps. A desalination plant would be welcome by anyone living on Phuket.

Pascale | 14 May 2020 - 16:47:53

@harald   As much as a desalination plant may be helpful,there are many disadvantages of them too.

harald | 14 May 2020 - 11:43:59

water enough around phuket but still not even one big desalination plant. one alone can produce easy about 1 million m³ drinking water per day. 

Fascinated | 14 May 2020 - 11:38:20

This has been a completely wasted opportunity to deepen Ban Neow  Reservoir  and increase capacity whilst it was vitrtually empty over the past 8 months. the excavation of the sand could have paid for the work.

As an aside is there no way you can expand the size of your comments window? 2 lines and  about 40 characters makes it extremely difficult to spellcheck and edit comments.


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