Connect with us

Weather

Roll out the water trucks – Phuket’s water runs low

Thaiger

Published 

 on 

by Salinee Prap

Many areas of Phuket have suffered a shortage of tap water, with inconsistent or no flow, prompting business operators and residents to buy water from the private sector.

Phuket as an island, is usually self-sufficient with its water supply, with three large catchments on the island serving locals, expats and the 12 million annual tourists.

Phuket governor Pakapong Thawipat is instructing related agencies and local administrative organisations to implement drought-tackling measures, including monitoring water use and updating the drought disaster prevention and mitigation plan, as well as the proper allocation of water.

The three main water sources – Bang Wad reservoir in Krathu district, Bang Niew Dam reservoir in Thalang district and Khlong Kata in Muan Phuket – that fed the Phuket tap water system are noticeably low and awaiting much-needed rains, expected when the wet season starts in April or May.

The province now had a combined 39.40 million cubic meters of water for use, which could last to until May, the source said.Several areas already have a problem with tap water shortage forcing people to buy water from the private sector.

A truckload of 12,000 litres of water fetched 1,200-1,300 baht, while a 4,000 litre size fetched 400-450 baht and a 2,000-lite size fetched 250-300 baht… this according to a water truck driver on condition of anonymity.

The demand was so high that some water trucks made deliveries day and night and most of the 12,000 litre deliveries were made to big establishments who are regular customers, while the 2,000 lite to 4,000 litre ones were for communities and households.

Nakhon Phuket mayor Somjai Suwansupana dismissed a label of “water crisis” at this point, insisting that the tap water was lower but still available for use by the 18,000 households in the municipality and suburb areas – provided that a good water management was in place – until early May.

She said that the 18,000 households required 30,000 cubic metres of water per day and the municipality had provided 70 per cent of that by its own water sources while buying the rest from the private sector and the Provincial Waterworks Authority.

“The situation should improve in May when rainfall improves, but if that does not happen, the municipality – which has already set up a drought prevention and mitigation operation centre – would buy water from the private sector.”

Somjai also urged people during this dry season to help save water. She said her office has implemented long-term solutions such as excavating water sources to boost capacity and is considering proposed projects such as turning sea water into water for consumption and another to recycle waste water.

Roll out the water trucks - Phuket's water runs low | News by ThaigerRoll out the water trucks - Phuket's water runs low | News by Thaiger

STORY: The Nation

https://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/around_thailand/30366790

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Thailand's largest online portal for news and information.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Government plans 10 million vaccines for July

World5 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Vaccine deaths investigation, PM heads to Phuket, BMA extends vendor licences | June 18

Thailand5 hours ago

1 million AstraZeneca doses arrive, Anutin says “more” on the way

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Drugs5 hours ago

1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine and heroin seized near Malaysian border

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Pattaya bars plead for government help

Thailand6 hours ago

Colour-coded zoning revised, restrictions to ease nationwide

Transport7 hours ago

Department of Land Transport will reopen, issue licenses

Best of7 hours ago

Top 8 Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tourism7 hours ago

Krabi schedules 82 flights per week from late October

Best of7 hours ago

Top 6 Online Forums in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Friday Covid Update: 3,058 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand8 hours ago

Worker falls off roof in Chon Buri, sustains multiple injuries

Phuket8 hours ago

Talad Kaset market in Phuket reopens

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

PM Prayut tests negative after parliament maid has Covid-19

World9 hours ago

Myanmar: American journalist’s detention extended 2 more weeks

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending