The renowned tourist destination of Thailand, Koh Samui is facing severe water shortage, amid a tourist boom in the country. The water stress has made authorities work tirelessly to ensure that the island known globally for its white sandy beaches, scenic temples and opulent resorts does not turn into a disaster zone.
Many water reserves in Koh Samui such as the Phru Na Mueang and Phru Krajud reservoirs and Hin Lad waterfall have seen a decline in their water levels. The dip has further intensified the freshwater crisis.
Local estimates done early July said that there is barely enough water for the next 30 days. The taps in resorts at the holiday destination are also running out of water. Koh Samui Deputy Mayor, Sutham Samthong urged the public to use the resources thoughtfully as a lack of rainfall and high tourist footfalls aggravated the crisis. Experts also fear the impact of the El Nino phenomenon, which could lead to further shortages in the coming months.
There are also fears that the island would face even more severe shortages in the coming months as a result of the El Nino phenomenon, which leads to warmer conditions and less rain.