On July 30th 2010, Weerawat Angsupanich, the Director of Phuket Irrigation Project, Wichai Praisa-ngob, the Governor of Phuket, and Chaianan Sutthikul, the Mayor of Kathu Municipality, signed an MOU to cooperate in the ‘Integrative Irrigation Development’ of Bang Wad Dam in Kathu. The project was established to solve the almost annual water crisis in Phuket.
The old dam would be developed more in its capacity to contain more water. Formerly, it could contain about 7.3 million cubic meters of water. When the development finished, it would be able to contain 10.2 million cubic meters of water. This amount of water was enough for Phuket residents to use all year round, especially in the dry season. The development would take 300 million baht of budget and would start in 2011 budget year.
This project would be later used as a model to establish water management, which would be co-managed by government sectors and private sectors, called Public Private Partnership or PPP.
The cost of water may however have to increase. The Phuket demand for water is approximately 51 million cubic meters per year or 145,000 cubic meters per day. Long-term water needs by 2027 could be about 78 million cubic meters or 214,000 cubic meters per day.