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Phuket outflow pipe spills dirty water across Surin Beach – again

PHUKET: Health officials have promised to investigate the large volume of dirty water spewing out from a drainpipe directly onto Surin Beach, on to Phuket’s west coast, and turning water along the popular tourist beachfront brown.

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Monday 3 October 2016, 05:56PM

“We did not know about this, but we will investigate it,” Salil Manabutr of the Public Health and Environment Office at the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) told The Phuket News today (Oct 3).

The offensive water pouring onto the beach was brought to Ms Salil’s attention by The Phuket News after a video of the “fountain of brown” was sent in by a Phuket News reader, who noted that the discharge was pouring out from the back of a hotel by the beachfront.

“The truth is that at Surin Beach there are some businesses that discharge wastewater without any permit from the government confirming that the businesses adhere to environmental wastewater-treatment standards,” Ms Salil said.

“Many officials in Cherng Talay know about this and are doing there best to fix the problem,” she said.

An officer at the Public Works Division of the Cherng Talay OrBorTor, who declined to be named, told The Phuket News, “We have checked many areas where people have complained about this and we are still trying to fix the problem.

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“I can’t say how long it will take to prevent this from happening. Some situations we can fix very quickly, other problems we cannot,” he said.

“However, the Public Works Division is doing the best that we can do,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ms Salil warned that legal action loomed for any particular person or organisation found discharging untreated wastewater into a public area.

In January, the Cherng Talay OrBorTor began pumping out large volumes of foul and unsightly untreated sewage that had been accumulating in a canal near Surin Beach, and transferring it to temporary holding tanks near Bang Tao Beach. (See story here.)



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Ed Sanders | 05 October 2016 - 17:17:55

I also saw this, and it wasn't raining anywhere in the area when this was happening.  It was a beautiful afternoon and the water was clear and nice.  As soon as we saw the water turning orange, I saw it was spewing out of a pipe, so I grabbed my wive and children and we left.  Disgusting, and Kurt is right...why is there even a pipe to the sea under this brand new hotel.  We will not be going back to Surin any time soon, and if Surin is like everywhere else, I'm sure the fix for this will be a long time coming, if ever.

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Kurt | 03 October 2016 - 19:21:56

Ooooooh, seasonal bloom again, straight from a pipe line. Wow!
Great Phuket beach promotion.
Reaction of officials is such that it seems they are already use to it.
Unbelieveble that such outflow pipes were allowed by the Phuket officials.
Don't tell me that they didn't know. No denials, please.

Now just warn the tourists for their health  not to swim at that beach anymore.

What to do, gentlemen officials??
How about closing down that hotel!
Than see how quick the pollution stops.

Legal actions loomed? Soon? Next year or so?

Is this the beach what will become a 800 Million Park to honor His Majesty the King?

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