Connect with us


Angry Rawai residents demand water

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: A group of angry residents from the Saiyuan Med Village housing estate in Rawai descended on the Phuket Water Authority (PWA) office at Bang Wad Reservoir today to demand action to fix their water supply.

Water supply had been intermittent since the start of the year, and for the past two months 55 homes in the estate have had no water supply from the PWA at all, said the complaint signed by Prawit Wiriyanorraanan.

Mr Prawit is the managing director of Sunshine Property Limited Partnership, the company contracted to manage the housing estate.

Each household affected by the lack of water supply had to pay 3,000 baht per month to have water delivered by a private company.

“They also had to pay a minimum fee charged by the PWA for the water meter,” said the complaint.

The complaint also mentioned that residents had questioned PWA staffers about the problem, but had received unclear answers.

“Nobody has come to fix the problem,” it read.

When called about the issue, PWA Manager Pisak Chonlayut confirmed that his staff had checked and fixed the problem, and that the water is running properly.

“I am in Surat Thani at the moment, but my staff called me about the group of foreigners, who I was told were mostly Russians, who had filed the complaint,” said Mr Pisak.

“The problem was due to a water pump. The housing estate is at a pretty high elevation, so the pump is sometimes not able to get the water to the homes.”

Although Mr Pisak confirmed that his staff solved the water shortage problems today, he said that he would check the pump himself tomorrow.

“I will be back in Phuket tomorrow and will check the pump myself to make sure there are no more problems with the water supply,” he said.

The complaint today listed three main demands for the PWA:

1. That the PWA describe the problem in writing, what strategies the PWA will use to fix it, and by which date the PWA expected the problem to be solved.

2. That the PWA repair old and leaking pipes at the entrances to some of the houses.

3. That the PWA take responsibility for the problem and take on the water meter fee for the residents experiencing problems.

Mr Pisak said that he was unable to address all these demands while out of the office, but added that anyone who continued to experience problems could contact him directly.

“Please report them to me by calling 087-0120295,” Mr Pisak offered.

— Chutharat Plerin


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


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.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

PM Prayut asks everyone to work together towards reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Bangkok restrictions lifted on 8 categories, including swimming

Patong13 hours ago

Tar balls spreading along Phuket’s west coast beaches

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


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

Phuket14 hours ago

Officials predict 600,000 tourists to Phuket following reopening

Phuket15 hours ago

Technician electrocuted to death while trying to fix jacuzzi

Pattaya15 hours ago

Pattaya pushes for August 1 Sealed Route reopening plan

Thailand16 hours ago

Mother alleges that Doctor mistakenly gave her 10 year old sleeping pills

Bangkok16 hours ago

1 million Sinopharm doses arrived Sunday

Tourism17 hours ago

Reopening guidelines for Phuket and Samui

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: 3,682 new cases, 20 covid-related deaths, provincial totals

Thailand17 hours ago

Poll shows schools, students, parents, “not ready” for online learning

Chon Buri18 hours ago

Man returns lost parakeet, gets rewarded with BBQ

Thai Life19 hours ago

Thai Lion predicts football matches, other abilities currently unknown

Tourism19 hours ago

Reopening details for Phuket, Samui and beyond laid out

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Multiple Chiang Rai schools to close after infections found

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