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Black water empties onto Phuket beach, stuns tourists

PHUKET: Local government agencies are scrambling to figure what caused the water in a canal emptying onto Karon Beach to turn black yesterday afternoon (May 1), causing much concern among tourists.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 10:13AM


In response, Phuket Governor Nopparat Plodthong yesterday evening ordered the relevant agencies to expedite an urgent investigation into the cause of the incident, which saw the black water empty into the sea at the near the Naga serpent statue halfway along the beach.

However, Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham by late yesterday afternoon had said that heavy rain yesterday had caused a large volume of runoff to enter the canal, causing the water to turn black.

He had a team of workers quickly dispatched to dredge the canal just it before enters the sea to help the dirty water flow quicker.

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Regardless, Phuket Public Relations Office Chief Butsaya Jaipiem posted a report noting that, “Phuket has set up an investigation team to investigate the wastewater problem in all areas of Phuket to analyse the basics and be ready to solve the problem (sic).

“In the long term, dredging and the use of chrysanthemum plants will be carried out, and all municipalities will have a wastewater-treatment system, which is included in the wastewater-management plan, to solve the overall environmental problems in Phuket,” the report added.

Despite the rhetoric, Governor Norraphat specifically ordered Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew to inspect the area and take steps to solve the problem.

 

 

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BenPendejo | 03 May 2018 - 11:58:16

Yes, this black water debacle will just get kicked down the road, as the Governor knows his days are numbered. All he needs to do is order someone else to "investigate", which won't happen, as nobody is trained to know what they're looking for. It is simple...as Martin stated...walk up stream and plug all the blue lines for starters. Use Uni students studying the environment. Not...

Kurt | 03 May 2018 - 09:38:22

How can Phuket become a smart island as long authorities are not smart and only order and next not check/follow or their orders are carried out?
It reads very 'cheap', Governor ordered a Vice Governor to inspect and takes steps to solve the problem.
They know what the problems are but shuffling around by 'order' they can avoid to touch it.

MartinK | 03 May 2018 - 06:44:29

1. Magnets
2. Flowers
3. Dredging
4. Make it stop raining
5. Mythical treatment plant
Simpler idea, follow the black water to source. Fine polluters. Stop their effluence, ignore their corrupt offer. Should take about an hour.

BenPendejo | 02 May 2018 - 23:03:46

To the bumbling Phuket officials, this really is just an issue for the Phuket Public Relations Office, and Chief Butsaya Jaipiem is as clueless as all of them. They all have their heads in the sand, and have no solutions to consider (yeah, plant flowers).  They can't even acknowledge that there are illegal discharges. Like all other critical issues on this island, things will never change.

vegasbaby | 02 May 2018 - 22:36:17

It should be a short "investigation".  When less than 50% of toilets in Phuket are connected to any kind of sewage treatment system, when it rains, all that s**t rolls downhill to the ocean.  Investigation over...now do something more than some plantings and pretending you don't know what the problem is.  

Xonax | 02 May 2018 - 15:00:51

As long as it smells like flowers, the tourists will continue to come?

Timothy | 02 May 2018 - 14:38:44

They will dredge the canal to allow the raw sewage, sorry, I mean "dirty water", to flow into the sea quicker. Then they will plant some magic chrysanthemums. Ok. Job done then. Problem solved...    

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