Officials are urging Phuket residents to save water as water resources are limited and Phuket could be close to a drought.
The Phuket Provincial Administrative Chief officer Somprat Prabsongkram told the Phuket Express that Phuket has three major reservoirs which are the Khlong Katha Reservoir in Chalong, Bang Ward Reservoir, and the Bang Neow Dam Reservoir. These three reservoirs will only have enough water resources to last until July without rain. Residents have to save water.
The highest risk for drought are 19 villages in Kamala, Patong, Thep Krasattri, Mai Khao and Wichit. These areas only had enough water supply until the end of March which means these areas are already lacking water supplies.
The medium risk areas for drought are 23 villages in Kamala, Mai Khao, Chalong and Wichit. These areas have enough water until the end of this month.
Within the surveillance area are 27 villages in Patong, Cherng Talay, Paklok, Mai Khao, Sri Soonthorn, Koh Kaew, Talad Yai and Wichit. These areas have enough water to last until at the end of May. The other non-risk areas have enough water until at the end of June.
Meanwhile, Songkran, the water festival, starts next week with water fights allowed for the first time in four years due to Covid-19 restrictions but some officials urging residents to conserve water and celebrate traditionally instead.