Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: After learning that a young man had been caught on a CCTV camera urinating into the local reservoir, the chief administrator of the Portland, Oregon Water Bureau in the US made a hasty decision last month. He ordered that all 7.8 million gallons be drained out of it.

While Portland is far from Phuket, the controversial move that cost taxpayers there an estimated US$600,000 does raise some important questions about public perceptions regarding the quality of a community's local water supply.

The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) is currently holding a series of public hearings over the proposed development of public parks at costs estimated at up to 500 million baht. The parks are at the two major public reservoirs on the island: Bang Wad Dam in Kathu and the newer Bang Neaw Dum Reservoir in Thalang.

A similar project is also on the drawing board for Kamala.

Click here for our story.

While the government proposals are certainly well-intentioned, we suggest that its officials consider not only tourism promotion but also the possible effects on water quality – especially since so many of us use that reservoir water to brush our teeth, wash our dishes, bathe ourselves, and even drink.

It must be noted that there is a fundamental difference between the situation in Oregon and the two basins here in Phuket where water treatment takes place after the water leaves the reservoir and before it enters the mains pipeline.

It was this difference that led the Oregon water chief to ask, “Do you want to drink pee?” when confronted by reporters challenging the rationale behind his decision.

As many have pointed out, the concentration of such little urine dissolved in such a large body of water would render any resulting contamination negligible, certainly much less than that of the inputs from wildlife that live in or around it.

The man who started the controversy, and who may be a contender for a world record for embarrassment, told officials that he thought it was a sewage treatment plant.

Unfortunately, far too many officials in Phuket seem to think the same way when it comes to our water supply sources, which is why we see all manner of liquid and solid waste in them, festivals held in them, dead bodies pulled from them, and so on – all with little or no comment.

Current treatment methods in Phuket rely mainly on chlorination, which can be effective against biological agents but does nothing to address a wide variety of inorganic compounds that aren’t even tested for.

Few would argue that it's not important to keep the water in our reservoirs as pure as possible, and since there are already so many other recreational areas in Phuket we should be seeking ways to better protect our precious watersheds rather than marketing them as a tourist attraction.
– Phuket Gazette

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Nice Picture of Bang Wad Dam from Jamie. Perhaps from his quality blog? Hope to see more pictures from him in the future, thanks!

Posted by Allard August 21, 2011 01:42:54PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan August 21, 2011 03:42:34PM

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The Oregon water chief idiot needs to be introduced to a guy called Avogadro and his number. Shame on PG for not naming David Shaff if you are going to call him out.

Posted by slack August 21, 2011 04:56:47PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball August 22, 2011 07:35:50AM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball

I used to know Poo. A nice girl, from Isarn if I remember correctly :-)

Posted by agogohome August 22, 2011 01:37:04PM

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Bang Wad has already had some development over the last year. I am not sure any tourists ever go there, but it's very popular with local residents for morning or evening exercise. Some further small scale development to tidy the place up would not be bad and would be appreciated by the people who use the area.

Posted by Jamie August 22, 2011 03:46:46PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball

I used to know Poo. A nice girl, from Isarn if I remember correctly :-)

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Was she the famous martial arts expert from Issan – Khun Poo?

Posted by spot the ball August 22, 2011 07:15:15PM

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How come it cost $600,000 to let the water out?
Surely inflows are free, so why the $600,000 estimated cost?

Posted by Ant August 22, 2011 08:48:28PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball

I used to know Poo. A nice girl, from Isarn if I remember correctly :-)

Posted by agogohome

Was she the famous martial arts expert from Issan – Khun Poo?

Posted by spot the ball

Nah, that was Thai Khun Do – her sister

Posted by agogohome August 22, 2011 09:15:11PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Nope, neither pee free, nor oil clean. Unlucky, every little stream is a motorcycle and car wash station. Also assembly point for garbage.
Yep, nice picture.

Posted by 24/7 August 23, 2011 08:22:45PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Nope, neither pee free, nor oil clean. Unlucky, every little stream is a motorcycle and car wash station. Also assembly point for garbage.
Yep, nice picture.

Posted by 24/7 August 23, 2011 08:22:45PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball

I used to know Poo. A nice girl, from Isarn if I remember correctly :-)

Posted by agogohome

Was she the famous martial arts expert from Issan – Khun Poo?

Posted by spot the ball

Nah, that was Thai Khun Do – her sister

Posted by agogohome August 22, 2011 09:15:11PM

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How come it cost $600,000 to let the water out?
Surely inflows are free, so why the $600,000 estimated cost?

Posted by Ant August 22, 2011 08:48:28PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball

I used to know Poo. A nice girl, from Isarn if I remember correctly :-)

Posted by agogohome

Was she the famous martial arts expert from Issan – Khun Poo?

Posted by spot the ball August 22, 2011 07:15:15PM

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Bang Wad has already had some development over the last year. I am not sure any tourists ever go there, but it's very popular with local residents for morning or evening exercise. Some further small scale development to tidy the place up would not be bad and would be appreciated by the people who use the area.

Posted by Jamie August 22, 2011 03:46:46PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball

I used to know Poo. A nice girl, from Isarn if I remember correctly :-)

Posted by agogohome August 22, 2011 01:37:04PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan

Breaking news: Fish also poo in the water; how shocking is that?

Posted by Spot the ball August 22, 2011 07:35:50AM

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The Oregon water chief idiot needs to be introduced to a guy called Avogadro and his number. Shame on PG for not naming David Shaff if you are going to call him out.

Posted by slack August 21, 2011 04:56:47PM

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Does anyone think that Bang Wad is pee free ? Think again.

Posted by Alan August 21, 2011 03:42:34PM

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Nice Picture of Bang Wad Dam from Jamie. Perhaps from his quality blog? Hope to see more pictures from him in the future, thanks!

Posted by Allard August 21, 2011 01:42:54PM

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