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Phuket’s water supply in a critical situation

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Phuket’s water supply in a critical situation

By Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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Phuket’s water lords are now admitting the island’s water situation is in a critical situation – a situation they have had the power to avert but have chosen instead to ‘hope’ for monsoonal rains and go in search of alternative water sources to top up the dwindling catchment resources.

 

Phuket is now in the throws of a water shortage. The PWA says the water supply in Bang Ward Dam is only enough for the end of next month if no rain arrives.

 

The Phuket Water Work Authority manager Kraisorn Mahamat says, “The water in Bang Wad Dam (Kathu) is only enough up to the end of next month if there is no rain, while the other two reservoirs are enough until the rain comes.

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/phukets-water-supply-in-a-critical-situation

 

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-- © Copyright The Thaiger 2019-04-23

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This is Bang Wad Dam this afternoon. It is low but nothing like the picture in the article ?

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11 minutes ago, Soupdragon said:

This is Bang Wad Dam this afternoon. It is low but nothing like the picture in the article ?

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Hotels are getting priority for water. They can't have tourism affected but residents can suffer. I've tried for the past 30 hours to get water delivered and I had to give up. 6 day queue or no water at all. 

Extortionate priced water still has a wait time. 

 

Time to install another big tank under ground so I never have to deal with this again. 

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^^^My supply in Bang Tao which is from Bang Wad is so far unaffected, not even reduced pressure.

 

I must be one of the lucky ones as I have never seen so many water trucks all over Phuket.

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43 minutes ago, hansgruber said:

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Time to install another big tank under ground so I never have to deal with this again. 

 

But how big a tank. In Patong I built only 30 k liter storage which supplies only 7 days if no water supply (and we are on town water mains). Went big in Kata with 2 x 200 k tanks as no town water mains. Gives 90 day supply. Still not enough. Already trucked in 12 k * 8 trucks  or almost 100 k liters.

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1 hour ago, hansgruber said:

Hotels are getting priority for water. They can't have tourism affected but residents can suffer. I've tried for the past 30 hours to get water delivered and I had to give up. 6 day queue or no water at all. 

Extortionate priced water still has a wait time. 

 

Time to install another big tank under ground so I never have to deal with this again. 

We got water delivered yesterday cause the mains were under maintenance and it took me about 30 minutes to get it. The guy had to drive to the supply point, come back, and unload it. no pre-ordering needed.

Price was shocking of course... 600 baht for 2000 liters.

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About 4 days ago they said they had enough for another 39 days and had made arrangements for private water sources if needed. Now it seems the truth is coming out. Oh well. We will soon see what comes to pass.

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56 minutes ago, LivinginKata said:

In Patong I built only 30 k liter storage which supplies only 7 days

Do you have a hotel or a lot of people in your property as that seems very high?

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9 minutes ago, topt said:

Do you have a hotel or a lot of people in your property as that seems very high?

 

We own an apartment block with 12 apartments, 21 bedrooms and a bunch of wash rooms and wash machines. Not a hotel. 5 k liters a day. It's a challenge to supply water. Look at Hans, I assume he has a single unitl home and might have to go hotel. Where the hotel get water. It's all a challenge that I closely manage early each morning.

 

Edit - that's just one of our Patong buildings.

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The headlines of the Phuket water situation have been contradicting each other for months now. water crisis followed by no water crisis here.

 

I'll take notice of the posteres here who are clearly describing a problem with water supply.

 

I take it the Thai authorities are concerned of negative effects on tourism, as usual.

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3 hours ago, hansgruber said:

Hotels are getting priority for water. They can't have tourism affected but residents can suffer. I've tried for the past 30 hours to get water delivered and I had to give up. 6 day queue or no water at all. 

Extortionate priced water still has a wait time. 

 

Time to install another big tank under ground so I never have to deal with this again. 

Why don't you get a deep, narrow-bore drilled? It doesn't feed from the water-table.

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I hope the whole place dries up and the lords are moved on !

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