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New Phuket B80m wastewater plant to counter Patong Bay brown water

PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup is moving ahead with plans to build a new B80 million wastewater-treatment plant in the resort town.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 19 May 2016, 05:12PM

The water at Patong Beach turned brown again today (May 18). Photo: Courtesy of Phuket News reader 'Jim'

The water at Patong Beach turned brown again today (May 18). Photo: Courtesy of Phuket News reader 'Jim'

The news was announced yesterday (May 18), when Mayor Chalermluck revealed that Phuket Environmental Committee had admitted that excessive nitrogen in the beach water had caused plankton blooms that have turned Patong Bay beachwater brown several times already this year.

Mayor Chalermluck announced her plans to build the new wastewater plant after meeting with the Phuket Environmental Committee yesterday.

“It is time to make the environment to be better. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the new plant is already done. We have considered this for a while, it is not just in reaction to the plankton blooms,” Mayor Chalermluck told The Phuket News.

The new plant will be located alongside the Pak Bang Canal, which runs through Patong town, she added.

“The exact location has yet to be set, but it will be somewhere near where the existing wastewater-treatment plant is,” she added.

Mayor Chalermluck noted, “At the meeting, the Phuket Environmental Committee said they had concluded that nitrogen in the water caused the plankton bloom.

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“There is too much nitrogen in Patong’s wastewater (which flows to the beach), which means we have to increase our efforts and move faster to counter this problem.”

Mayor Chalermluck added that Patong Municipality is rushing to expand the wastewater drain network throughout Patong.

“This includes the installation of a ‘water gate’ along the Pak Bang Canal, of which construction is already underway with a separate budget B7.5 million,” she said.

“The water gate will be completed in four months. It will collect wastewater and sewage from the canal and direct it to the existing wastewater-treatment plant, where it will be cleaned and returned to the canal,” she explained.

Mayor Chalermluck blamed the rapid growth of Patong over the past decade for its inability to cope with such infrastructure demands.

“Patong has grown so quickly that the installation of the drains network has not been able to keep pace. This is why untreated wastewater ends up being released into the sea,” she said.



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Christy Sweet | 21 May 2016 - 13:21:15

Do they think most foreigners are as uneducated as the vast Thai masses? We know nitrogen is an element in the compound known as feces- pretty sure I learned it at  about the age of 12. 

Jome | 21 May 2016 - 10:35:25

Its time to talk about PHUKET brown water,not Patong brown water.....You can see it everywhere if you open your eyes....

Kurt | 20 May 2016 - 10:02:45

.."Patong has grown so quickly that infrastructural works as fresh water supply and waste water treatment not been able to keep up as demanded"...
Of course not, as Patong for long time kept their plans ( if there were any) on office shells and did not anticipate infrastructural, just singing 'hossana lyrics' by getting more tourists.

Well, as we read now, the Patong autoriti...

slippery snake | 20 May 2016 - 09:56:12

Is 'excessive nitrogen'  and  'untreated wastewater' the same thing?   It sure is good to hear something is being done about it, as Patong beach had looked like a sewer for a few weeks,  I bet many tourists that were here at the time to enjoy the beach, will be going elsewhere on their next holiday..    

The pilot | 19 May 2016 - 19:13:39

Treat the water and then pump it back into the canal? As I understand its a shortage of water on the island so what you should do is treating the water and reuse it by pumping it back out in the community water system. That is how its done in the rest of the civilized word.

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