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“Thailand shouldn’t have water problems” – a personal view

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Water table is getting lower and lower each year. In five years time (if this continues) you can whistle for water.

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10 hours ago, webfact said:

There IS enough rain over the year for everyone, but with the increased growth and construction around Thailand, they have built more hotels and condos and villas which USE the water .

if you want to criticize poor urban planning and the shame of the never-ending construction, I am all for it.

But the argument above doesn't make any sense. Either there IS enough water for everyone (from rain or otherwise), or there isn't.

The fact that they build more hotels and condos while the number of visitors remains the same (or decreasing actually as reported in all news) doesn't change anything. An empty room doesn't use water.

 

Or you assume that all the rooms are occupied and using water, and that it is the increasing number of tourists that is responsible for the lack of water. In this case, you contradict your premise: there ISN'T enough water for everyone.

 

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You can dig as many holes as you like - but if you don't have the rainfall to fill them they are just empty holes, look how many reservoirs are currently very low, digging more is not going to do a lot of good.

Next "solution" from a concerned resident? 

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2 hours ago, Is this real said:

CGW.  Actually, making more and bigger reservoirs will help alleviate the problem.

 

Much of the heavy rains have no place to go except to runoff into the see.  If there were more "holes" it would have someplace to go and be stored.  They are called reservoirs, CGW. 

Nope! Short term thinking. Weather extremes of a warmer planet won't be satisfied by digging more and bigger holes. I just responded to this same topic at

 

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I understand the old tin mine "holes" have heavy metals in their water.

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9 hours ago, CGW said:

You can dig as many holes as you like - but if you don't have the rainfall to fill them they are just empty holes, look how many reservoirs are currently very low, digging more is not going to do a lot of good.

Next "solution" from a concerned resident? 

A simplistic view. 

Despite current drought conditions (before this current drenching set in) Phuket does have an annual rainfall of about 2500mm. Storing this runoff in extra reservoirs would get the Province through the drought periods.

Drawing from more sources (less taken from each) means none of them will get that low again!

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13 hours ago, the guest said:

Water table is getting lower and lower each year. In five years time (if this continues) you can whistle for water.

Those of us with wells might have a bigger problem in the future.

Which is why the water authorities need to extract the digit, store more water and extend the supply lines to cover the whole island.

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7 hours ago, Is this real said:

CGW.  Actually, making more and bigger reservoirs will help alleviate the problem.

Much of the heavy rains have no place to go except to runoff into the see.  If there were more "holes" it would have someplace to go and be stored.  They are called reservoirs, CGW. 

Yes, thank you for sharing your insight and wisdom, I can accept it would be beneficial in the few areas in Thailand where the water runs off to the sea.

OP also states "For the farmers in Thailand’s rural areas, more lake-holdings need to be dug to increase the amount of water stored in their areas." tell the farmers in the NE that they need to dig more reservoirs, current reservoirs are empty now, there is no runoff to the sea, thus they are called empty reservoirs 🙂 

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23 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand shouldn’t

Oh dear, you can't enumerate how many SHOULDN'T there are. 

Same as many WHYs. 

It's not a developed country. Fact. 

 

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The lack of planning happens everywhere.

Take Perth Australia for example ,,, very short on potable water

Sir Charles Court suggested many years ago that they use prison labour to build a pipeline 

from Lake Argyle (more freshwater than the size of Sydney Harbour )

Never happened through lack of vision & a committee rather than a Premier's directive

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