KARON: The new desalination plant capable of producing up to 12,000 cubic meters of potable water a day is in its final testing stages and will begin full production by the end of this month, says the head of the island’s largest water supply system.
Phuket Provincial Water Supply (PPWS) Manager Sayan Wareearoonroj told the Gazette that the plant, which uses reverse-osmosis (RO) technology, began supplying water to Kata-Karon on a trial basis on December 29.
On January 12, the plant began pumping 4,000m³ to Patong and 3,000m³ to Kata-Karon, also on a test basis, he said.
“We expect it to be running at its full capacity of 12,000m³ a day by the end of this month,” he added.
During the testing phase, the PPWS has been mixing the purer RO water with supplies from Bang Wad Reservoir in Kathu. Despite the increase in water quality, consumers receiving the RO water will continue to pay at the old rate for the foreseeable future, he said.
In Kata-Karon, reserves from the PPWS system will be used only in case of shortages, he said.
K. Sayan urged consumers to check their water pipes to ensure they can withstand the higher pressures which will be used with the new RO supply.
The RO water is potable, but people should ensure their storage tanks and plumbing are thoroughly clean if they plan to drink it. They should also wait until the PPWS has completely cleaned the municipal supply system by chlorination, he said.
There have been bureaucratic obstacles to the RO plants operation because of the need to discharge briny process water back into the sea, but the plant should be granted full permission from the Ministry of Interior soon, he said.
The man responsible for building the RO plant, Jaturong Sa-duagkarn of REQ Co Ltd, told the Gazette that during testing the plant has taken in about 20,000m³ of seawater daily. About 7,500m³ of this is processed into pure RO water and the remainder drained back into the sea through a pipe that discharges about 800 meters off the coast at Karon Beach, at depth of about 16 meters.
Testing in the discharge area failed to find any difference in water quality there, he said.
Pamuke Achariyachai, Managing Director of the Kata Group of hotels and resorts, said the RO supply would come as a relief to long-suffering hotels in the area which have for years been forced to buy supplies from water trucks.
K. Sayan said that areas relying on the main PPWS supply system needn’t worry about shortages this dry season.
“Now Phuket has enough water to get through the dry season. We face the same problem every year, so we know how to plan for it,” he said.
The PPWS now has an additional 2 million cubic meters in reserve water supplies from the Hitlor and Manik lagoons in Tambon Srisoonthorn, which are now connected to the PPWS system via a 17-kilometer pipeline completed last year.
The PPWS has also signed an agreement with REQ to buy additional water, if needed. REQ maintains two water supply sources in Kathu and one more in Chalong. Together these can produce up to 4,800 cubic meters a day to augment PPWS supplies, he said.
Phuket City has its own municipal water supply system, which uses Bang Wad Reservoir and tin mine lagoons as sources.
Janpen Kotchakarn, who heads the municipal water supply’s production unit, said her office would continue to monitor and adjust pressure rates to minimize wastage while ensuring there is enough water to meet demand.
“We face this problem every dry season so we are well acquainted with it,” she said.
The municipality currently pipes about 26,000m³ a day through a distribution network covering about 12 square kilometers. The town also supplies much smaller amounts to a community in the Soi Phaneang area of neighboring Tambon Rassada, she said.
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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