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Phuket Gov, Patong Major ordered to quickly resolve Patong Bay wastewater issue

Phuket Gov, Patong Major ordered to quickly resolve Patong Bay wastewater issue

PHUKET: The governor of Phuket and mayor of Patong have been ordered to quickly resolve the issue of untreated wastewater being pumped into the sea in Patong Bay.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 12 February 2018, 11:43AM


The order to the governor and mayor has come from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Dr Wijarn Simachaya, who has stated that it is illegal hotels responsible for the issue and that he wants the hotels responsible found.

Dr Wijarn’s order comes following an inspection of the area at 3pm yesterday (Feb 11), with Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, Patong Mayor Chalermluk Kebsup and other local government officials also in attendance.

During yesterday’s inspection of Patong Bay, Gov Norraphat urged Patong Municipality to instruct the wastewater treatment plant to pump wastewater away from Tri Trang Beach immediately.

However, Dr Wijarn soon pointed his finger towards Patong’s illegal hotels.

“Officials from the Environmental Department's Region 15 office in Phuket will come to work with Patong Municipality to solve this problem. They will look for the points where illegal hotels are releasing their wastewater into the sea.

“Those hotels will be charged according to the law,” Dr Wijarn said.

“We should fix this problem with the cooperation of hotels in Patong who are not connected to drains feeding the wastewater treatment plant.

“In addition, this is also likely to have happened because the Patong wastewater treatment plant is not working well.

“The plant has a capacity of over 30,000 cubic metres, but wastewater in the area is over 5,000 cubic metres per a day.

“This problem should be fix for the long term.

“Some hotels in Patong should even consider treating their own wasterwater so that it can be reused,” he added.

“Right now we responsible for this issue together. If we do not respond then the consequence is an effect on marine life and the tourism industry,” Dr Wijarn said.

Mayor Chalermluk last Friday (Feb 9) stated that a fault in the construction of the upgrade to the Patong Wastewater Treatment Plant had allowed raw sewage to flow untreated into Patong Bay.

“I have been informed of wastewater leakage into the sea this afternoon from faults during the construction of the new wastewater-treatment tank (phase four),” Mayor Chalermluck told The Phuket News. (See story here.)

However, the following day (Feb 10), Mayor Chalermluk requested patience regarding information on wastewater released into Patong Bay, visibly turning the seawater at the end of Patong Beach black, as officials investigate the source of the problem.

“We are not sure yet if it came from our wastewater treatment facility, because it was quite far away, about a kilometre from the wastewater treatment tanks,” said Mayor Chalermluck on Saturday.

“We don’t yet know what happened or where it came from, whether it was from the wastewater treatment or maybe a hotel nearby,” she added. (See story here.)

The uncertainty was a shift from her initial statement made last Friday.

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Xonax | 12 February 2018 - 16:02:53

Does illegal hotels not have legal toilets? Find out who are leading untreated wastewater into the sea, and close them down immediately.

BenPendejo | 12 February 2018 - 15:51:19

PLEASE!!! I urge the officials to look at the illegal discharges at the north end of Kalim Bay...from White Box all the way up, and all along the coastal road to Kaleema.  Actually, the time has come to address this island-wide. Identify unauthorized/illegal discharges, then require the discharges to stop immediately until the water can be adequately treated. Enough is enough!

Kurt | 12 February 2018 - 14:09:07

On Photo nr 5, were they scoped 2 holes, we can see how deep the pollution is already!
No children playground

The point is not legal or illegal hotels.
Many hotels in both categories are illegal running off untreated wastewater.
Illegal hotels you close down anyway when you handle matters according the law.
The poison is in the tale --> 'handle matters according the thai law'!

malczx7r | 12 February 2018 - 12:05:23

Illegal hotels?  If illegal, shut them down, right?  Ah no, do nothing as usual except talk, bla bla bla!

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