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Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Governor Seri Supharathit revealed that the amount of water in Phru Na Muang Reservoir is at the lowest level compared to years before.
Seri traveled to Ko Samui, Surat Thani, to measure the amount of water left for production. He said the increasing amount of rainfall in October had raised the tap water production capacity from 50% to 100%. Despite the optimism, Seri said the water amount in Phru Na Muang Reservoir remains a major concern.
In spite of the higher production capacity, Seri cautioned that the amount of precipitation in November has been lower year on year. For this reason, the PWA will go ahead and double the amount of tap water via a reverse osmosis system.
If it continues to rain on the island during the last two months of this year, the water levels in Phru Na Muang Reservoir will likely increase to at least 800,000 cubic meters. Water trucks will be required to replenish the reservoir if there is little or no rain at all in order to ensure that there will be enough water until Songkran Festival next year.
Meanwhile, Seri disclosed that the construction of a 20 kilometer-long underwater pipe between Ko Samui and Nakhon Si Thammarat is 20% complete. The construction is expected to go ahead at full speed when the monsoon season comes to an end. The construction will be finished in March next year.