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Phuket Town rolls out emergency water supply

PHUKET: Phuket City Municipality last night (Apr 24) began rolling out water trucks to provide emergency water to residents without mains water supply in the Hatnanivech area on the east side of town – the first such deployment of emergency water supplies in Phuket Town.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 25 April 2019, 12:44PM

Patcharawut Prompan of the Phuket City Municipality water supply division explained that last night was the first such delivery. The area affected is located just behind the Phuket Provincial Hospital.

“So far we have delivered emergency water supplies to only Hatnanivech village. We asked villagers to have their water containers placed by the side of the road at 6pm, so our water trucks could come along and fill them,” he said.

Two trucks were deployed to the village last night: one 10-wheeled truck carrying 12,000 litres of water, and a six-wheeled truck carrying 8,000L, Mr Patcharawut explained.

“We served only about 20 houses, not the whole village, as only some streets in the village did not have any running water,” he said.

“We ill go back to deliver tonight, and every night, until normal water supply resumes,” he added.

Mr Patcharawut confirmed that the Phuket City Municipality water supply division had not yet been called to deliver emergency water to other locations throughout Phuket Town, but were ready to respond if needed.

Water rations are now being considered. “we are discussing that at a meeting this morning,” he said.

Phuket Town Mayor Somjai Suwansupana has twice warned residents that water rations will be introduced if the council needs to take urgent measures to conserve water use. (See stories here and here.)


“If the amount of raw water is not enough, Phuket City Municipality will have to reduce the water using pressure from 10am to 5pm and from 10pm to 5am each day,” Mayor Somjai explained.

“This may cause people in some areas, such as far from water-supply points or in high areas, to have less water and possibly no water flowing at some times.

“If people do need urgent supply of water, please call the (Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) DDPM hotline 199 or Phuket City Municipality at 076-211111 or the Phuket City Municipality hotline 1132 for help,” she said.

Water distribution points will be set up at three locations in Phuket Town: 1) DDPM office on Kra Rd; 2) DDPM office near the corner of Soi Pha-niang and Yaowarat Rd; and 3) Phuket City Water Plant at Suan Luang Park, Mayor Somjai said.

“We ask for cooperation from all the people to save water and keep a container of water to use during any water outages.

“And please notify the Water Supply Division at Phuket City Municipality at 076-211130 if you see any broken water mains,” she urged.



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Kurt | 29 April 2019 - 13:42:38

It is not about me, .K Dek. It is about the poor thai at Phuket and Koh Siri. They just left alone by phuket officialdom for more than 1 month. Have some compassion with them. Not talk about me. Don't ignore the needs of the needed by 'attacking' me, who just see what is happening, and comment on it.

Kurt | 29 April 2019 - 08:13:44

Of course, the receptive readers understand that expression 'war zone' is not literally. Some here seem not to understand that water is a 'right' to have. Also for the poor who protested at provincial hall, and the poor on Koh Sira. That is a government responsibility. To ridicule that, shows something.

DeKaaskopp | 28 April 2019 - 22:17:27

"Water war zone/water survival battle"Hahaha,seems like the  drama queen  watches to many cheap action movies.If he really feels like that maybe it's time to flee to another country of his choice." Beautiful"Singapore perhaps.

GerryT81 | 27 April 2019 - 15:26:20

I read in the comment section that Phuket has become a water war zone.How dangerous is it? Are there fatalities already? Do i need security service to protect my well water now? What is the army and police doing to stop armed water steeling hordes? Or isn't it true ?Usually that poster is so well informed.Can he be wrong?

Christy Sweet | 27 April 2019 - 10:12:22

The reservoir near me is at the lowest level I've ever seen.  A neighbor, meanwhile has dug several ponds near me, encouraging evaporation and my well is now dry sporadically the last few days.  C'mon Monsoon.

Kurt | 25 April 2019 - 13:39:12

Guess water hydrants and sprinkler systems in shopping centres all over Phuket have now not the needed water pressure when somewhere a fire breaks out

Kurt | 25 April 2019 - 13:34:44

When this Governor declares that Phuket has a water drought crisis in 'full swing'? When reduce the number of tourist arrivals in favour of here living inhabitants? Phuket now is a 'water war zone'. That is already clear a few weeks. Stop welcoming tourists until Phuket is back to normal water supply situation. Phuket now is in a water survival battle, and loosing every day.

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