Phuket vice governor says water scarcity not a priority

Phuket’s vice governor introduced yesterday in a gathering that although the island’s rainfall was below average in 2021, there was nonetheless a lot of water from the three main reservoirs, and water shortage is “not a priority.” He mentioned plans still need to be made to prevent water shortages in Phuket, though. Phuket had extreme water shortages in 2019 and 2020.
Dollar travelled to Phuket in 2020, and ordered the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) to work on fixing the shortage. This included engaged on a pipeline from Phang Nga. That 12 months, communities relied on water tanks put in in their road areas, and needed to gather water from buckets to hold back to their homes. Prawit mentioned poor residents in a single soi had no tap water for months.
In 2019, the president of the Southern Thai Hotels Association mentioned hotels had been hit hard by the scarcity, and a lot of needed to resort to unbiased water suppliers. He called on the state to assist in order that Phuket may have sustainable tourism. The city mayor said the federal government had been offering free water to 18,000 households a day. 70% of the water was produced locally, and the remainder was from native suppliers, she said..

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