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Recent rains have helped, but Phuket water situation still ‘critical’

Recent rains have helped, but Phuket water situation still ‘critical’

PHUKET: Recent scattered heavy showers across the island have helped only a little to replenish the island’s water reserves, as the focus remains on using private water sources to supply water to residents.


By The Phuket News

Thursday 7 May 2020, 03:18PM


“Recently, there has been more rain in Phuket, but there is still not much water in the reservoirs,” Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Chief Graisorn Mahamad told The Phuket News today (May 7).

“The water situation has been gradually improving, but the situation is still considered ‘critical’,” he added.

“For the situation to be considered ‘normal’ again, the volume of water in the reservoirs must be not less than 50% of their full capacity,” Chief Graisorn noted.

According to PWA records today, Bang Wad reservoir, the island’s main water source, contains just 371,000 cubic metres of water – just 4% of its full capacity of 10.6mn m3 of water.

At current usage rates, that was enough water to last just 10 days, the PWA noted in its report today.

Three weeks ago, the water level at Bang Wad sank so low that an old shrine that had not been seen since the drought of 2002-3 became visible again. At that time, on Apr 18, Mr Graisorn confirmed the reservoir contains just 80,000m3 of water.

“Previously we used about 20,000m3 of water from the reservoir per day. That was reduced to 10,000m3 a day, which means we will be able to use water from the reservoir for about eight [more] days,” he said at the time.

Meanwhile, the PWA today reported that the Bang Neow Dam reservoir in Srisoonthorn currently contains some 531,000m3 of water, or 7% of the reservoir’s capacity.

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Khlong Kata reservoir in Chalong seems healthier with 420,000m3 of water, or 10% of its full capacity.

The PWA is continuing to rely on private water sources to supply what water it can to residents, while many people in areas including in Rassada, Koh Kaew and Phuket Town continue to depend on water delivered by truck topping up communal tanks from which residents siphon off what water they need into containers and carry it home. Residents in the Soi Kingkaew area have not had running water since January.

Phuket Vice Governor Wongsakorn Nunchukan yesterday (May 6) inspected the ongoing installation of a pump station beside Baan Ya canal in Srisoonthorn. The pump is hoped to be operational by the end of this week, boosting supply into the water mains network.

Vice Governor Wongsakorn recognised that many people were still without running water supply, especially in Rassada and Koh Kaew.

“Local government organisations have helped the people by distributing water trucks in the areas, which has helped to solve the problem to a certain extent,” he said.

By the end of the week extra water supply from Wanit lake in Koh Kaew and from the Baan Ya canal in Srisoonthorn will supplement supply, he added.

“Water to be pumped up from private water sources by the end of this week and a canal soon, wil be used to supply houses in Koh Kaew, Srisoonthorn, Pa Klok and other nearby areas,” he said.

“And now Phuket has started to enter its rainy season, which will reduce the problem. For the coming year there is a plan to store enough raw water for water supply to reduce water shortages,” he added.

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lovingPhuket | 09 May 2020 - 12:48:26

The government and governor should expedite water pipe lines from Surat and Phangna that require less water but have an abundance of the resource. An intelligent modern system that brings the water to staging points and metered remotely can the sustain the levels needed by. Phuket. This would also create work for many people and others. It would be money well spent and support the economy 

JohnC | 09 May 2020 - 08:53:01

Forget wasting any more money on the proposed Patong Hill tunnel and other unnecessary, or less urgent projects, like the monorail, and pour all those funds in to getting Phuket's annual water woes sorted out first. All the rest is just a waste of time otherwise. Pipeline from PhangNga is the only option that makes sense, urgently!

HubertK | 08 May 2020 - 18:19:56

Comments from Mr.Hermann  do look very familiar to me. If only I could remember who wrote the astonishing similar comments before. Anyone with an idea ?

Hermann1 | 08 May 2020 - 15:05:13

I recommended a while a go to build a pipeline to deep sea port.Water Tanker ships could anchor there. 

Hermann1 | 08 May 2020 - 14:53:02

And are the Phuket ditches and canals  already cleaned/cleared for coming rains ? Usually we not see much anticipation from Phuket officialdom..

Jor12 | 08 May 2020 - 12:49:56

R2...read the article...."Recent scattered heavy showers across the island." Plenty of birds where I am.

Kurt | 08 May 2020 - 11:01:58

When the construction of the desperate needed water pipeline to Phuket starts? The construction works should have started already many months ago.  Spare me any future ceremonies by Officials, regimental lined up,  at temples to pray for rain.

DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2020 - 10:27:03

@Rorri     Must be a sad place where you live or being kept if there are no birds chirping. Plenty of them here in Rawai.

Rorri_2 | 08 May 2020 - 10:11:36

I should say, the wettest months, are September to October. Still a long way to go to fill the dams, and what progress have we seen to improve the water storage, for the future.

Rorri_2 | 08 May 2020 - 09:54:14

Chazz... thnx for making me laugh.. journalists investigate, hahahaa, oh man, pull the other one.

Jor12, rain, but not much water "The rainy, or monsoon season is from September until October," wet season is well and truly over, and the birds chirping, mate, there's not a lot left, last time I heard/saw one chirping was at a temple, being sold, then released, for good luck... 

ematt | 08 May 2020 - 09:45:40

@Chazz: There is no need for the PN to  do any deeper reporting, because the resident experts who post in this forum always have all the facts. Haven't you noticed?

Shwe | 08 May 2020 - 09:30:59

not good to see people in those pictures not wearing masks

Chazz | 07 May 2020 - 21:26:47

When will Phuket news ever do a real story? Instead of just quoting Government officials, why not do some real investigative journalism?  Why isn't Phuket doing more to increase capacity why water levels are so low? Why do they keep rubber stamping new developments when there's no water?  
Feel like I'm reading 7th grade weekly news...

Chazz | 07 May 2020 - 21:25:23

When will Phuket news ever do a real story? Instead of just quoting Government officials, why not do some real investigative journalism?  Why isn't Phuket doing more to increase capacity why water levels are so low? Why do they keep rubber stamping new developments when there's no water?  
Feel like I'm reading 7th grade weekly news...

Jor12 | 07 May 2020 - 19:21:54

It would still rain and the sun will still shine and the birds will still be chirping. 

BigA | 07 May 2020 - 17:34:32

What would have happen if there was no Corona?

 

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