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Phuket’s water bosses claim there will be enough water

By The Thaiger

 

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PHOTO: Bang Neow Dam in Thalang, just a few muddy ponds

 

Well into the second half of the Phuket wet season and the three main dams are well below capacity, Bang Wad Dam just over 13% capacity and the Bang Neow Dam in Thalang district around 5%, mostly unusable muddy ponds. The newer Khlong Katha in Chalong is at a much higher level, about 30% of capacity.

 

But this time of the year the three dams need to be well on their way to full capacity if the island is to get through the high tourists season and dry season without a repeat of last year’s muddle where provincial obfuscation and confusion put the health of thousands of residents at risk by cutting off their water supply and water trucks became more populous than passenger vans.

 

The lack of water also co-incides with increased development and more tourists arriving each year.

 

Now the Director of the Phuket Provincial Irrigation Office, Somsawat Chaisinsod, is calling for province administrators and the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority to begin water saving campaigns as the annual heavy rains in October may not arrive or be less frequent. The suggestion of water ‘restrictions’ was not mentioned in the meeting.

 

At a meeting attended by Phuket’s Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana, Mr. Somsawat claimed that the island’s annual rainfall, for the first seven months of 2019, has only been 10% less than average.

 

But the dams are a LOT more than 10% lower in capacity. In the case of the Bang Neow Dam in Srisoontorn, it’s virtually empty.

 

A representative from the PWA said that the Authority is currently buying 45,000 cubic metres of water per day from undisclosed “private sources” to top up the island’s potable water needs.

 

“The PWA is in the process of securing water supply from a new supplier to improve the water supply and reduce the volume of water drawn from the dams.”

 

Meanwhile Prapan Kanprasang, chief of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Phuket, told The Phuket News he “believes Phuket has enough water to the island through the next dry season, after the annual rains cease early November”.

 

“We have enough water to use.”

 

Source: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/environment/phukets-water-bosses-claim-there-will-be-enough-water

 

 

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As most people had their water supplies cut back this year from March onwards, I have no idea how he can come out with a statement like this.

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Liar liar your pants are on fire.we the educated know differently.

i bet he's crapping himself that his cushy jobs on the line.

if I was him I would get to the temple and have a word with the big man in the sky.

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Did I hear he has a fleet of tanker trucks. 

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Incredibly in this modern era of bullet trains, smart phones and submarines they still have not sorted out Thailand's seasonal water shortages and flash flooding the second it starts raining. TIT

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Nothing to worry about then apart from the fact the annual rains may not be the same as other years. I wonder if they include volume of silt in their total as that surely must grow each year.

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Methinks someone is deluded. These were taken yesterday. they raise 2 questions:

 

A- why was this not excavated to a proper depth in the first place?

 

B- why, now that the majority of the reservoir can be accessed, are they not digging it out and increasing the capacity ( I realise some engineer will probably come along and say its about stress on the dam but it looks pretty shallow to start off with).

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