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Phuket beach brown water ‘only natural’, says official

PHUKET: The Chief of the Karon Municipality Public Works Division has dismissed any notion that the brown water swirling off the south end of Karon Beach yesterday (July 7) was the result of wastewater discharged into the sea.

Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 8 June 2017, 09:22AM

Instead, Chief Wanchai Saetan says the discoloured water along the beachfront was “natural”.

“It is not about wastewater. It is only plankton, which happens every year in the (southwest) monsoon season,” Mr Wanchai said.

“The geography of Karon Beach is conducive to allowing this to happen, and some people are suspicious of other reasons, such as wastewater and the oil (from boats), because they never have seen it before. It is just red plankton floating on the surface,” he added.

Mr Wanchai remained confident the brown beach water yesterday was a natural phenomenon without carrying out any inspections or enquiries.


“I have previously had water samples taken from this area tested by Phuket Rajabhat University, and they proved that it is red plankton.” he told The Phuket News.

Mr Wanchai confirmed that no action would be taken to clear the brown water from the beach.

“Let nature take its course. It will be gone after the wind calms down,” he said.



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Kurt | 10 June 2017 - 12:06:22

LES, understandable. There are so many Phuket beaches suffering untreated brown and black water flows.
One lose count about which beach which day!  :-)

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LES | 09 June 2017 - 20:11:11

Apologies, misread and thought it was Patong which as brown water too

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BenPendejo | 09 June 2017 - 11:51:23

As long as there continues to be nothing but "do nothing" local officials like Khun Wanchai, there will never be any progress on cleaning up the festering water quality problems on Phuket.  Every beach along the west coast is a shameful sewage dump, with nothing but signs that it is just going to get worse...not better.  Shameful mismanagement of all aspects of the marine environment.

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LES | 09 June 2017 - 01:41:43

You only have to trace the Klong on the road close to the Hospital to see the muck that goes through it, leading to its discharge into the sea at the south end. 

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Christy Sweet | 08 June 2017 - 15:22:36

Oh, it's "natural" all right.

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anon | 08 June 2017 - 14:49:14

Seems simple to me test the water flowing before it gets to the sea, that water should be fresh and therefore no plankton. If fresh water dark then cause not plankton, fresh water full of nutrients may cause plankton to grow rapidly at source of nutrients where fresh nutrient rich water flows into the sea. Pankton natural, maybe nutrient rich water is not.

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BenPendejo | 08 June 2017 - 11:34:42

Funny how this "red plankton" is flowing from land into the sea, and is limited in range to the very south end of the bay. Plankton blooms or "red tide" doesn't happen like that.  Me thinks Khun Wanchai has no idea what is going on, with his primary mission being to tell everyone it is no problem.  This is filth discharging into the sea, and if he is so confident that it is not wastewater, then take a sample and publish the results...but then again, I wouldn't trust that either.  Frankly, I don't trust anything coming out of these Phuket "officials".

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