Worrying water woes

We recently started renting a shop in Chalong, and for three months we have been trying to get the water meter attached. My wife is pregnant and at the moment we have to carry buckets of water to the shop so we can use the toilets.

After these three months of trying, we have now been told that we have to pay more than 4,000 baht for the water meter and an additional 5,000 baht to someone as a “fine” because they say they saw someone washing their hands from the supply.

In all, that’s nearly 10,000 baht to simply connect a water meter. Does it really cost this much? The pipes are all in place and the water supply is already working nearby.

Desperate for water, Chalong.

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It will generally cost you 4,135 baht to install a water meter, at a distance not more than 10 meters from the main water supply pipe to your shop.

This cost also depends on the meter’s size as the demand for water in each business is not the same, and will be assessed by officers from the Phuket Provincial Water Supply (PPWS).

The 5,000-baht fine is for using public water without a meter. If you didn’t do that and you can prove it, you won’t have to pay the fine.

If it’s a case where your shop used to have a water meter but it was turned off because the water bill was not paid, and the period that the water was off was not more than six months, you can come pay your bill at the PPWS and you will only have to pay a fine of 535 baht to reconnect the water meter.

You can contact the PPWS directly to resolve the issue. Our office is located near the Phuket Country Club in Kathu. We are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday and our phone number is 076-319173.

Sayan Wareearoonroj, Phuket Provincial Water Supply Manager.

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