Connect with us


Water shortages imminent – ODPM Chief

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Water shortages imminent – ODPM Chief | Thaiger

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM) has identified 43 areas in Phuket that are expected to suffer water shortages in upcoming weeks with some areas already trucking in emergency water supplies.

Some areas in Thalang are expected to run dry within days, said Phuket ODPM Chief Aroon Kerdsom.

“We know from previous years where the trouble spots will be, so we are monitoring these areas closely and have arranged with local administrative bodies to provide both potable and non-potable water to people in those areas,” he said.

The ODPM has already distributed some 180,000 liters of water free of charge.

People who run out of water should contact their local administration organization or district office to arrange for water to be supplied to their homes, he added.

K. Aroon told the Gazette that Pa Khlok in Thalang is the area of greatest concern to officials. “Thalang District has the greatest risk. Thirty-three of the risk areas we identified are located there. Many trouble spots are in coastal areas with limited groundwater resources,” said K. Aroon, adding that shortages were expected to begin is some of these areas within days.

Shortages are expected to be less severe in Kathu and Muang Districts, both of which have large areas supplied by municipal water piped from Bang Wad Reservoir in Kathu as well from tin mine lagoons.

A desalination plant now up and running in Karon is expected to solve chronic water shortages in Kata-Karon and boost supplies to water-hungry Patong, which suffers shortages for much of the year.

Koh Sireh was also identified as a risk area. Rassada Tambon Administration Organization is preparing to deal with shortages there, K. Aroon said.

In order to establish a municipal supply in Thalang, the Royal Irrigation Department is building a dam and reservoir at Bang Niew Dum in Thalang. Work on the project, designed to hold 7.2 million cubic meters of water, is expected to be completed in May, he added.

Although Thalang is the only district in Phuket that does not have provincial government supply, last year the provincial government spent 66 million baht on piping water from private tin mine ponds in Thalang six kilometers south to a tin mine in Kathu to supplement a Phuket Provincial Waterworks Office reserves.

However, there has been no public outcry from residents who rely on groundwater supplies there.

In a typical year, Phuket has about 2,500 millimeters of rain. Rainfall is lightest from December to March, which coincides with the high season for tourism when demand for water is highest.

So far Phuket has been able to avoid a major drought. In 2005 the downturn in tourism lowered demand enough to prevent Bang Wad reservoir from running dry, while 2006 had an unusually large amount of rain.

“There is currently enough water in Bang Wad dam to last until June,” said K. Aroon.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


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

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand1 hour ago

US calls meeting with Thai officials to resolve donated vaccines

Thailand2 hours ago

10 Burmese migrant workers arrested in Songkhla

Thailand2 hours ago

Over 50 million vaccine doses administered in Thailand

Welcome back to Thailand!

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

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Sunday Covid-19 Afternoon Update: Provincial Totals

World3 hours ago

China announces cryptocurrency trading is illegal

North East3 hours ago

Stolen 72 year old elephant returned to owner after 18 years

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

Pattaya readjusts tourism goals for high season

Thailand5 hours ago

Phuket relaxes checkpoint requirements to help tourists and health officials

Phuket5 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 2 deaths, 4 Sandbox infections, 10k total cases

Thailand6 hours ago

Facebook page that claims to sell dog meat met with scorn on social media

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand welcomes its first AI influencer, “AI Ailynn”

Thailand8 hours ago

Umbrellas out, more monsoonal rain in the wake of ‘Dianmu’

Thailand9 hours ago

Sunday Covid update: 125 deaths and 12,353 new cases

Thailand18 hours ago

Record-breaking 1 million Covid-19 vaccines given yesterday

Technology21 hours ago

Junk messages must now be blocked by Thai mobile carriers

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Phuket7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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