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MaAnn admits Surin wastewater failure, but now has resolution

PHUKET: The Chief of the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), MaAnn Samran, yesterday (Oct 5) admitted to the new Phuket Governor his failure in attempting to resolve the wastewater issue at Surin Beach.

By Chutharat Plerin

Friday 5 October 2018, 03:13PM

Chief of the Cherng Talay OrBorTor, MaAnn Samran, speaks at yesterday’s meeting. Photo: Khao Phuket

Chief of the Cherng Talay OrBorTor, MaAnn Samran, speaks at yesterday’s meeting. Photo: Khao Phuket

However, Mr MaAnn also said that he has a resolution to the problem and that it will be resolved in two months.

Mr MaAnn was speaking at the new Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana’s first Governor Meets Press function held at Phuket Provincial Hall.

Residents of Surin and Bang Tao have continuously complained about black, pungent wastewater being released into the sea at their respective beaches and that the issue has never been resolved.

In March this year, local residents yet again voiced their angry complaints about black wastewater – complete with a foul stench – fouling the tourist-popular Surin Beach, on Phuket's west coast.

Worse, tourists also complained of an itchy sensation from entering the water at the beach. (See story here.)

Speaking yesterday, Mr MaAnn said, “We need to thank the media for questioning the problem of water pollution at Surin Beach. I admit that I have failed in my attempts to resolve the wastewater issue at Surin Beach.

Let’s just say that the wastewater treatment project of the Cherng Talay sub district is a prototype project that uses an underground system. It does use a surface treatment system. The project is divided into two areas: Bang Tao Beach and Surin Beach. The most common problem occurs at Surin Beach,” said MaAnn.

Repeating to Governor Phakaphong what he had already said in March, Mr MaAnn explained, “We pushed for a long time for the budget to build a wastewater-treatment system, which we finally were granted to install a system that collects the first-phase wastewater [from Bang Tao Beach and Surin Beach].

We received B248,773,025 from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Cherng Talay OrBorTor provided B106,746,975. In total, we received B355.52mn. The construction took five years, from 2012 to 2017.

So, we had a B300-million project set up to install a wastewater-treatment system, but the system has not been used. We were later told that some parts of the system were not working,” he said.

We have tried to get a company to take care of the wastewater treatment system at the medium price of B5 million per year, but no company has ever submitted a request to manage the system. The process of procurement has been repeated three times,” he added.

Mr MaAnn then went on to say that he had good news regarding the wastewater treatment system.

Today I received some good news. The company that manages the wastewater treatment system in Patong has agreed to take care of the Cherng Talay wastewater treatment system.

Their bid the has passed the TOR [Terms of Reference], and they will start to take care of the system in two months,” he said.



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BenPendejo | 06 October 2018 - 19:23:59

Brace yourself Larry...continued unbridled development without one iota of infrastructure to accommodate it. Kamala is leading the way, as it already has a large community discharging wastewater all day every day with no place to go except the ocean.  Kamala has some of the filthiest water in Phuket, and possibly more active projects than anywhere. This island is drowning in its own s#!^.

Rorri_2 | 06 October 2018 - 16:49:23

The amount of verbal diarrhea, that comes from MaAnn Samran's mouth, is enough to make me sick, surely the Gov can see through this BS... oh, wait, like all others, he doesn't want to.

Larry B | 06 October 2018 - 15:22:00

Black water who are the offenders ? Why are they untouchable ? Would a project of 800 apartments  be suitable for Surin Beach then ? another 2000 people flushing black waters ! 

Timothy | 06 October 2018 - 08:58:17

"Let's just say that the wastewater treatment project is a prototype underground system" Sounds like 300 million went down the drain. There most likely is no "system" at all. A concrete holding tank that overflows into the sea. Very cutting edge technology developed in Bang Tao Phuket. The hub of prototypes. 

vegasbaby | 06 October 2018 - 05:57:51

I get itchy just reading about the lack of sewage treatment, much less the poor tourists who thought they would have a pleasant beach holiday.  in Phuket.  You cannot treat the sewage if the producers of the sewage are not connected to the system to begin with.  Patong cannot handle its own s**t much less treat CT's s**t too...get real!

Fascinated | 05 October 2018 - 19:21:21

B355m of funds became a B300m project- best get Insp K on the case!

Nasa12 | 05 October 2018 - 18:39:22

I wonder why that man still sitting in that chair and how can he do that?

BenPendejo | 05 October 2018 - 15:54:21

The people of BangTao want and deserve new leadership. Of course, don't listen to farangs, ask the citizens. They have been helpless to do anything positive in their community. The local government seems to epitomize the lazy and self-serving and inefficient governance that stymies growth and damages the community and removes hope from the common people. I hope REAL change comes to this area

BenPendejo | 05 October 2018 - 15:46:17

Bah!!! After pilfering 300 million baht over 5 years, there is nothing to show other than the worst street damage throughout the community and some of the filthiest water in Phuket. If the new governor is going to solve problems in Phuket, he should tour BangTao and see for himself what has happened to this community under the current leadership (or lack thereof). It is a complete disgrace.

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