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Black wastewater returns to Phuket’s Surin Beach

PHUKET: Officials in Cherng Talay are stunned by the return of black wastewater at Phuket’s Surin Beach last week, with one key official reacting in plain disbelief.

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Tuesday 9 May 2017, 10:13AM

Phuket officials were stunned by the news that black wastewater had returned to Surin Beach. Photo: Supplied
Phuket officials were stunned by the news that black wastewater had returned to Surin Beach. Photo: Supplied

Krichanut Suphantakij, Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) at the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), told The Phuket News yesterday (May 8) that the long-awaited wastewater treatment “system” was completed two months ago.

“The project was completed after (former) Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan ordered workers to hurry to get it done,” Mr Krichanut said.

“Our wastewater-treatment facilities for Bang Tao and Surin beaches now receive about 5,000 cubic meters of wastewater (a day) from different areas at each beach,” he said.

“That’s why there has been less black water on Surin Beach over the past two months,” he added.

Mr Krichanut blankly disbelieved that the wastewater had returned to Surin, and offered a disturbing understanding of what wastewater was.

“I don’t think black wastewater has appeared on Surin Beach again. I believe it is just from some hotels releasing waste into the public drains,” he said.

However, he added, “I will order my colleagues to check, today.”

The black pool of water flowing from waste pipes last spilled onto Surin Beach in January, with local residents and business owner angry over a lack of response by Cherng Talay OrBorTor to fix the problems – which has plagued the beach for years.

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This has been happening for years and the problem just gets keeps getting worse,” said one of many local residents on the beach.

“We’re fed up with it, and we’re considering fixing the problem ourselves,” the woman, who asked not to be named, told The Phuket News. (See story here.)

That incident followed another wastewater surge onto the sand last November, to which Cherng Talay OrBorTor Chief MaAnn Samran said he would dispatch a backhoe to fix the problem.

However, Mr MaAnn did explain that the B320-million project initiated in 2012 to expand the sewage system in the area and install a wastewater-treatment plant had yet to come onstream.

“The project is about 80% complete, we are now only waiting for the Phuket Governor to sign approval for Phase II of the project,” he said at the time.

As promised in January last year, Mr MaAnn confirmed that Cherng Talay OrBorTor trucks were pumping wastewater from Surin and Bang Tao beaches every day at 10am, 1pm and 2pm.

“This is only a temporary measure. The wastewater will go through filtration treatment and will be stored at a treatment plant until we’re ready to treat it fully and release it elsewhere,” he said. (See story here.)



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BenPendejo | 10 May 2017 - 22:58:20

Yes Joe12, I know because I have been in this line of work for over 20 years, and I've been here long enough to see this waste of money dumped on the community with absolutely ZERO results.  As the article itself eludes to, the black water (and other pollutant discharges) continue to plague Surin Beach, even though all of the restaurants and other wastewater sources have been removed from the beach road.  And I have visited many of the hotels and businesses...and can see their blue lines leading right into creeks, klongs and any other drain just to get it off their own property.  Go through the town after a solid rain Joker and see the flooding, with surface drain grates sitting several inches above the paved surface...flooding is actually worse in several areas.  The treatment system has no digesters, no chemical treatment/disinfection or aeration...just big holding tanks that discharge whatever is in them each time they receive a deluge of storm water.  I also have pictures of the pump trucks dumping the black water in the back of the community, with the ignorant truck operator giving me dirty looks because he knows I caught him illegally dumping polluted water.  Please Joker, just stay on you bar stool and keep spending your baht...and stop being the wannabe protector of all incompetent wrong-doers in this place.

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Jor12 | 10 May 2017 - 19:10:11

Ben..."This is what happens when there is little to no planning and/or engineering into public works projects" How is it that you know all this? Common sense would tell you that it's an erroneous statement, which means you are lacking in common sense. Your next statement is also erroneous - just visit any hotel and check. 

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BenPendejo | 09 May 2017 - 12:47:18

Boy...what a surprise.  This is what happens when there is little to no planning and/or engineering into public works projects.  There continues to be no treatment, and hotels and every other source of wastewater continues to be discharged into the storm drain system.  Additionally, blackwater pumped out is NOT saved for release into the "treatment" system... it is taken near a bunch of poor people in the back streets of BangTao and dumped into a field.  These are all reasons that the Mayor needs to all areas under his control are some of the biggest ongoing disasters on Phuket. This ranges from illegal dumping of trash throughout the community, constant road repairs which are left in VERY poor condition, and of course, some of the filthiest klongs and ocean water in Phuket.

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