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Phuket water factory shut down over waterway contamination scare

PHUKET: A water factory in Rawai shut down temporarily over the weekend following contamination in the canal behind the factory killing scores of fish and causing eye, nose and skin irritations among local residents.

By Darawan Naknakhon

Monday 21 September 2015, 05:22PM

Officials inspected the factory, operated by Happy Crystal Co Ltd, on Saturday (Sept 19) after locals filed complaints that the waterway behind Rawai temple (Wat Sawangarom) was contaminated.

“Local residents said the water smelled like ammonia, so Chalong Police and Rawai health officials inspected the site on Saturday (Sept 19),” Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos said this morning (Sept 21).

“Dead fish found in the waterway were collected for experts to examine and determine the type of chemical that killed them.

“The factory was temporarily shut down on Sunday (Sept 20) so the source of the chemical leakage could be identified and fixed.”

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The leak was tracked down to a single ice-making machine, Mayor Aroon added.

“No other leakages were found,” he said, adding that all ice on site made by the defective machine was discarded.

“The factory is up and running, but that one ice machine has been completely shut down for repairs,” Mayor Aroon added.

“We will inspect the factory on Thursday (Sept 24) to make sure no chemicals of any kind are being released into the air or nearby water sources,” he said.



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Timothy | 22 September 2015 - 09:43:50

Let me guess. The defective ice was thrown into the waterway, right? Or allowed to melt into the waterway...

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