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Top-level Phuket meeting told ‘no water shortages’

Top-level Phuket meeting told ‘no water shortages’

PHUKET: There is no water shortage situation in Phuket yet, but people have to monitor the water situation closely, a top-level meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall – which included a live video conference by Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda with every provincial governor in the country – was told yesterday (Jan 28).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 29 January 2020, 07:45PM

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana at the meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 28). Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana at the meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (Jan 28). Photo: PR Dept

Gen Anupong ordered the live video conference to deliver his message for all provincial governors to take active steps to prevent water shortages in their areas.

Gen Anupong, who also serves as the head of the National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office in Bangkok, explained that the Interior Ministry had prepared for water outage problems in advance for the coming months by ordering every provincial government to find new water sources and have spare water resources available.

The ministry also supported the drought-countermeasures by providing water trucks for distributing water to people and the necessary budget for the petrol needed to distribute emergency water supplies, he said.

“I want officers to focus on the water for in-house use as a priority, followed by water needed for crops. To everyone, please save as much water as you can. I believe in the cooperation of everyone that we will have water to use until the rainy season arrives in May,” Gen Anupong added.

At the meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall to receive the message were Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana along with Phuket Vice Governor Wongsakorn Nunchukan and a host of other high-ranking officials.

However, according to a report posted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department of Thailand, it was reported at the meeting that the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) predicted that from January to May the amount of rain will be less than normal in every part of Thailand, causing the small amount of water in main reservoirs.

“There has no water shortage situation yet, but people have to monitor the water situation closely,” said the report.

Oddly, the report also included, “At this stage, Bang Wad reservoir has only 24.4% of full capacity, around 2.49 million cubic metres, which may last 74 days. Bang Neow Dum reservoir has only 5% of full capacity, around 0.41mn m3, and Khlong Kratha reservoir [in Chalong] has 41.1%, around 1.77mn m3 of water, which may last 111 days.”

It was not made clear why the TMD, as the national weather bureau, was providing information on the current state of Phuket’s three main reservoirs.

An aide at the Provincial Goveror’s Office late today would only confirm that the information in the report was explained at the meeting.

The aide would not confirm who provided the information, or whether the update was provided to Gen Anupong.

Of note, the report specifically did not mention that only two weeks ago Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Chief Graisorn Mahamad announced a slew of measures to conserve what little water supplies Phuket has in the hope of staving off serious water shortages across the island.

Mr Graisorn also delivered the dire message, “We don’t have enough water to produce in 2020 because the water levels at the three main reservoirs – Bang Wad, Bang Neow Dum and Khlong Kratha reservoirs – are so low.”

Also not mentioned was that Mr Graisorn had noted that the water level at Bang Neow Dum reservoir was “not enough to even use”, or that Phuket Town residents were already subjected to reduced mains water pressure from 9am-5pm and from 10pm to 5am each day in order to conserve water. (See story here.)

The report also failed to mention that Mr Graisorn confirmed earlier this month that the volume of water from Bang Wad reservoir distributed to Wichit to Patong had already been reduced, and that the volume of water released from Bang Wad was to be further reduced by one-third “soon”. (see story here.)

The report was proud to mention, “[The] Phuket Government has set up a committee team to follow the water situation and ordered local administrative officers to prepare and identify the areas where there will be a lack of water.”

“[The] Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) was also ordered to find water sources from private companies in order to provide to water to areas which will face water outages.

“The PWA is also working on projects, including installing new water supply mains, pumping water from one source to main water reservoirs, and setting up two new reservoirs [sic].”

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rt | 02 February 2020 - 17:31:19

People die from a cold pneumonia and flu no hysteria use drugs and die. Now no drugs incite fear terrorise population  the deaths don’t compare with mortality records. Media frenzy insecure people victims of their insecurity. No a Chinese problem a human problem inadequacy in ones well being

goldwing | 02 February 2020 - 07:27:17

No water shortage, so why this.
Cherngtalay local municipality who currently supplies piped in water to the Residence have sent a letter to Richmond as the land owner, informing them that that they will suspend supplying water to private estates, condominiums or hotels in the area, and which includes the Residence from the 1st February 2020 onward.  

Jor12 | 31 January 2020 - 16:29:06

According to Dr K, the water has already run out so everyone now is just waiting to die

Kurt | 31 January 2020 - 14:08:29

When I see the smug face of this Governor while he denies/lies ( take your pick) that there is water shortage on Phuket, it makes I feel sorry for Phuket inhabitants who struggle already long time with not having normal water supply.

Rorri_2 | 31 January 2020 - 06:01:43

Can only wait for Jor, Dek, and their bedmates, to agree that there is no shortage, it will make great reading.

Rorri_2 | 31 January 2020 - 06:00:08

"No water shortage" I think there are only a very few, some who comment here, who might believe this BS, but just adk those whose water is turned off, who have water trucked in, whose water pressure is so low is unusable, but hey, I bet the hotels have plentiful supply, after all, must not upset tourism.

megamind | 30 January 2020 - 11:00:37

until the problem is not seen, in Thailand there is not

megamind | 30 January 2020 - 11:00:15

until the problem is not seen, in Thailand there is not

Kurt | 30 January 2020 - 09:21:46

Government set up ( another!) monitoring committee and 'ordered administrative officers to prepare (?) and identify the areas ( already known) were is and will be a lack of water. A lot of administrative hand sitting, but nothing, nothing about starting now to work on infrastructural water works.

The Avenue | 30 January 2020 - 01:45:37

LIARS. Reduced water pressure?? We haven't had water AT ALL for the past 10 days at our place just off bypass near town. PWA told us it has been turned off due to shortages and they don't know when it will be turned back on. Everyone in our area is already paying private suppliers to fill up tanks inside properties every couple of days. 

Fascinated | 29 January 2020 - 23:08:11

No 'shortage'- so why did I see two army water bowsers trundling through Saphan Hin yesterday? I guess they were just doing a recce for when there is an issue!  It's awful when the truth is staring one in the face.

They should be digging out Ban Neow whilst the reservoir is so low to increase capacity but I guess that doesn't line the pockets of private suppliers and their '...

Christy Sweet | 29 January 2020 - 21:06:32

Thanks for this report, good to get this info. 


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