Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Phuket water reclamation for Songkran underway

Phuket water reclamation for Songkran underway

PHUKET: Water trucks across the island today began reclaiming any fresh water available from residents with enough to spare so that Songkran Thai New Year celebrations can go ahead unimpeded, despite the failing mains water supply that has plagued parts of Phuket over the past two months.

By The Phuket News

Monday 1 April 2019, 06:15AM

UPDATE: It's long past midday now and the joke is up. Yes, this was our April Fool's story - and yes, we did only one April Fool's story this morning. The rest of the news was actually real. We hope you enjoyed it.

The first collections began early this morning (April 1) in Rassada, explained Wailoon Sotsai, who has been tasked with recovering unneeded water in the densely populated area located north of Phuket Town.

“Many good villagers have come forward, saying they want everyone to enjoy Songkran this year,” Mr Wailoon said.

“Most homes in the area don’t have much water, but they’re willing to give any water they have spare,” he added.

However, business owners have been less charitable, Mr Wailoon noted.

“But that is understandable, considering they might not have enough,” he said.

Water trucks stand at the ready at municipalities and local tambon administration organisations (OrBorTor) across the island from now until Thursday next week (Apr 11) to collect water, explained Wanlop Duwop Dahwapbhambhum, tasked with collections across Phuket.

“That will give us just one day to make sure the water is where it is needed for Songkran, but we expect local councils to keep the water they each collect for their own festivities in their respective areas,” he added.

The move comes amid a flurry of ideas from officials in how to make sure there is enough water for the annual national waterfight, often slighted as far removed from the traditional Songkran water blessing ceremonies held to honour elders and other respected figures among the community.


“We held a meeting on Friday (Mar 29) to decide what to do, and this seemed to be the best idea,” Mr Wanlop said.

“Some people wanted to recycle water from the wastewater plants, which could be done, while others wanted tourists to be able to buy their own ‘Songkran gift bag’ at the airport, which would contain suncream, goggles, a small towel and a small bag of water with a watergun,” he added.

“The gift bag idea got a lot of support, as at least that way tourists will have some water to use for having fun, but some people worried about how much tourists would be charged,” Mr Wanlop said.

Some serious concerns were also raised at the meeting, Mr Wanlop explained.

“We had received complaints that people had heard online that we were collecting water just so we can put it back into the reservoirs,” he said.

“That is not true – any water collected is to be used for Songkran celebrations only,” he assured.

Meanwhile, Mr Wanlop urged anyone with spare water that they were willing to donate to the #SaveSongkran initiative, as it has been called in the online campaign, to call his office at 076-191555.

“I am glad we finally came up with something about this,” Mr Wanlop said.

“And today seemed like the best day to get the campaign started,” he smiled.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Pascale | 01 April 2019 - 22:15:24

Haha,well done.Good thing PN to go after people like those who asking questions like: Does T&T ministry bring water to Phuket island for water celebrations" Make a fool out of them.Thanks

Kurt | 01 April 2019 - 12:04:44

Hahaha, nice 1st of  April joke!

alf | 01 April 2019 - 09:46:25

I was going to yell after inconsequent Thai people, but I noticed that the news was published at 2am, about something supposed to happen today, with some photos taken in daylight.
So I guess this is an April fool  --  or at least, I hope so... 

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Multi-tier prices at state hospitals now in effect in Phuket

@C.S..I understand your concern,but i can't see any relation to this article! Same with your oth...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Failing to take out the trash

Great Opinion piece. Look at the disgraceful condition/appearance of Chalong pier, something thousa...(Read More)

Phuket airport taxi driver in deadly wipeout to finally hear judgment

Captain Suporn told The Phuket News that he was sorry to 'confused' the family name with an...(Read More)

Korean and diving instructor drown in Phuket

Yeah, more details are needed in reporting on this tragedy. Crucially, was this a certified diver, a...(Read More)

Phuket airport taxi driver in deadly wipeout to finally hear judgment

Crocodile tears of PLTO. Not being able to revoke that taxi license doesn't mean PLTO was powe...(Read More)

Retirement in Thailandā€¦ Too naive?

Please Please Phuket News - publish articles with all the facts! As Sir Burr as already clarified an...(Read More)

Phuket airport taxi driver in deadly wipeout to finally hear judgment

A police captain who built up a case with 2 charges ( takes him 1 year!!) with a wrong name of the t...(Read More)

Retirement in Thailandā€¦ Too naive?

Sir Burr, where is written/stated by thai immigration that you only need a health insurance during ...(Read More)

Retirement in Thailandā€¦ Too naive?

I learned one can apply for a non immi B Visa at thai embassy in home country. Than within 3 months ...(Read More)

Retirement in Thailandā€¦ Too naive?

What is the sifference between a thai A visa and a thai A-O visa in relationship with yes/no being o...(Read More)