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Phuket water supply reservoirs 65% full

PHUKET: Phuket officials are taking precautions in case emergency measures are required to resolve any water shortage issue that may arise as the dry season continues.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 1 April 2023, 09:00AM

The island’s three main reservoirs ‒ Bang Neow Dum in Srisoonthorn, Bang Wad in Kathu and Klong Kata in Chalong ‒ are in total 65% full, Phuket officials explained at a meeting chaired by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew on Thursday (Mar 30).

The three main reservoirs are currently holding a total of 14 million cubic metres of water, said Nattawipa Limkijprasert, the Policy and Operation Analyst from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket Office (DDPM-Phuket).

Compared with their combined total capacity of 21.53mn cubic metres, their current water reserves at the three main reservoirs corresponds to 65% of the maximum capacity, she said.

Chaiwat Thongseechan, chief of the water supply and maintenance division at the Phuket Irrigation Office, said that throughout April and May the plan was to provide the Phuket Waterworks Authority [PWA] 6 million cubic metres of water to be used as mains supply.

“Even if there is no rain at all during the rest of the dry season, there will still be enough water to supply the PWA through to the end of July.

Regardless, Mr Chaiwat urged people to make an effort to reduce the volume of water they use.


Ms Nattawipa explained that DDPM-Phuket used four levels to describe the water shortage risk in areas across Phuket:

  1. High risk zones, which are expected to have sufficient water supply usually until the end of March. There are 19 high risk areas, including communities in Kamala, Patong, Thepkasattri, Mai Khao and Wichit.
  2. Moderate risk zones, which are expected to have sufficient water supply usually until the end of April. There are 23 moderate risk areas, including communities in Kamala, Mai Khao, Wichit, and Chalong.
  3.  Monitored zones, which are expected to have sufficient water supply usually until the end of May. There are 27 monitored zones, including communities in Patong, Cherng Talay, Pa Klok, Mai Khao, Koh Kaew, Talad Yai (in Phuket Town) and Wichit.
  4.  No-risk zones, which are expected to have sufficient water supply usually until the end of June. There are 97 ‘no risk zones’, with such communities all across Phuket.

Ms Nattawipa said DDPM-Phuket, through coordination with the Phuket Irrigation Office and the PWA, regularly reviewed the water supply situation in communities that often experienced water shortage problems.

The DDPM-Phuket also cooperated with Phuket Provincial Agriculture and Cooperatives Office to prepare a water supply for agricultural purposes, Ms Nattawipa said.

DDPM-Phuket had the manpower and equipment ready to respond to any emergency water supply situation that may arise, Ms Nattawipa assured.

“A special team will be set up to assist people in the risk areas. The team will be on 24-hour call,” she said.

“Teams of police, army and officials from the Department of Provincial Administration [DOPA] in each area will monitor and assist any residents experiencing [water shortage] problems,” she added.

Ms Nattawipa called on local officials to survey their areas of responsibility that are at risk of water shortages.

Officials can report their findings through the government web portal and report their data to the respective district office in their area for analysis so that better water management policies can be created.

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Kurt | 02 April 2023 - 09:09:06

The real 'shape' of the water reservoirs is very different from what is shown as reservoir models on photo's 4 and 5. We have seen that clearly when they were drying up last time.Well, we will see. Now Thailand suffers heavy air pollution problems, with ChiangRai/ChiangMai the 1st price of most polluted area on the world (BP report). Seen the satelite photos of the burning spots?

Kurt | 02 April 2023 - 08:50:23

....Why no pro-active working of all these Administrations to get all this water house hold problems out of the world?  I know people, who in the pass didn't get water running through their water meter, but PWA was still collecting the monthly water connection fees.

Kurt | 02 April 2023 - 08:44:39

Mr Chaiwat's appeal to reduce volume of water use comes just 13 days before Songkran celebration, that for sure takes this year a lot of water after 2 years suspended Songkran water celebration. In this article we read several times about: "Communities that often experience water shortage problems". DOPA, DDPM, PWA, PIO, PPA&CO, al know exactly were the problems lay. Why no pro-a...

SEC2 | 01 April 2023 - 16:34:31

April Fools on me!!  My water tank is empty!!  haha.   Gotta love this place.

Pooliekev | 01 April 2023 - 14:03:26

Ah, it's not just consumption then? There must be corruption involved to keep Kurt happy. They're bent to keep the populace happy, right? Absurd. 

Kurt | 01 April 2023 - 13:37:13

Yearly there are 'rainy seasons', but we have just a few years behind us with a dramatic water supply situation, despite yearly rainy seasons. In thinking bypassing climate change perhaps feel convinient, but is not reality thinking. Phuket Province has to become active in water supply guarantees. Counting on the water gods, is ostrich behavior. Were it the anticipation on possible lean ra...

Kurt | 01 April 2023 - 11:19:46

@SEC2, that was October. Now is April, 6 months later. Because of number of tourists, phuket population doubled. So, twice as much water consumption, plus the daily heat makes also watervolumes diminish. Thinking too that figures providing is not real/correct, but more convinient feeling making of inhabitants. No one can check that, right? Officialdom calls it water management policies.

Pascale | 01 April 2023 - 10:30:44

@SEC2   Do you know that there wasn't much rain in the last 3 month ? So 65% is actually quite good and it should be more than enough until the rainy season finally arrives.

Kakka2 | 01 April 2023 - 09:58:12

personally i believe they will run out sooner then expected if no rain come.
let see but thins problem seems to re occur and getting worst year by year... what different this year ? pin this text in a few months 

SEC2 | 01 April 2023 - 09:51:39

This must be an April Fools Article.  Does the officials remember all the flooding and the reservoirs overflowing?  What happened to all that water?  There was too much in October! 


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