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Mayor announces plan to prevent water crisis

Mayor announces plan to prevent water crisis

PHUKET: Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana warned of water sources on the island running dry and announced the second plan for emergency drought preparations yesterday (Mar 25) at a meeting held at the Phuket City Municipality Office.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 05:40PM


The mayor highlighted the importance of water preservation during the annual dry months on the island.

“The months of January to April are known to be dry months in Phuket,” she said. “There are more than 18,096 houses that Phuket City Municipality is responsible for and we use raw water from both private and government reservoirs to provide the tap water to all.”

“There are three main water reservoirs in Phuket with a total production capacity to supply about 23,000 cubic meters per day,” the mayor explained.

“If the rains do not come soon, we will not have enough water left in the reservoirs. Therefore we must begin efforts to prevent a drought crisis. I urge people to please follow this plan,” she stressed.

1. Please store water in a water container for use in case water supply becomes weak or stops

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2. Please use water sparingly and regularly check for leaking or broken pipes to reduce unnecessary water loss.

3. If water sources do not increase, Phuket City Municipality will reduce the mains water pressure between the hours of 10am and 5pm every day. This will have more of an impact on areas that are far from water sources or on high ground as water may not flow to such areas at certain times.

Water sources used by Phuket City Municipality are fast running dry, Mayor Somjai said.
At the current rates of consumption, one on Damrong Rd will last just 36 days, and another at Suan Luang (King's Park) will last 54 days.

“Water distribution points have been set up at three locations in Phuket Town: 1) DDPM office on Kra Rd; 2) DDPM office near the corner of Soi Pha-niang and Yaowarat Rd; 3) Phuket City Water Plant at Suan Luang Park.

“If people are in urgent need of water, please call the (Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation) DDPM hotline 199 or Phuket City Municipality on 076-211111 or the Phuket City Municipality hotline 1132 for help,” the mayor said.

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Kurt | 28 March 2019 - 10:06:25

"Klong Krata Chalong was finished in 2017".  Yes? And?  What has been done after that to secure water supply throughout the year? ( with 10,000 extra tourist rooms coming soon in the area where Phuket is already running out of water)

Pauly44 | 28 March 2019 - 08:14:44

They should by now know they have a wet season and a dry season yet they do nothing to conserve water when it's abundant, constant wastage, no planning, no forward thinking, no personal responsibility, then they have the world's biggest water fight right at the end of the dry season when supplies at their lowest, yup makes total sense!

Rorri_2 | 28 March 2019 - 04:42:38

"Someone obviously has never seen a real water crisis," the very title, of the article, states "water crisis", PN states the same and with water resourses drying up, I, and many others, would say it's a water crisis... but hey, you focus on one commenter....why?

GerryT81 | 27 March 2019 - 15:46:00

"Phuket is suffering a water crisis" Someone obviously has never seen a real water crisis.Probably wouldn't survive it longer than a few days too.And saying they never do anything to initiate keeping up water management is plain stupid."Klong Krata Chalong" was finished in 2017 as the third major water reservoir.

vegasbaby | 26 March 2019 - 20:32:12

How many water trucks does the governor, mayor and their cronies own or operate?

Kurt | 26 March 2019 - 20:22:23

Preventing a water crisis? What a utterly nonsense! Phuket is suffering a water crisis! Due to short sighted government officials who allow constructing-building-constructing unlimited building ( 10,000 more rooms coming up!) and never do anything to initiate keeping up water management, the inhabitants of Phuket are in deep S**t. Nothing more, nothing less. Incompetence with a thai grin.

Asterix | 26 March 2019 - 19:50:30

This is the time to bring the backhoes and excavators and to dig deeper all Phuket dams and reservoirs to increase the storage capacity and sell the earth to the construction companies to cover the costs.
It may be good to slow down all new constructions such as hotels, condominiums, housing estates and so on, in order to limit the number of inhabitants to its resources in water and electricity.

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