The BPW were also joined by the Rawai Municipality and schoolchildren from the local area who joined in cleaning up the lake and the surrounding areas.
Rawai mayor, Aroon Solos was also in attendance and expressed the importance of events like these, “We come down and do these clean ups about once a month with help from local communities, this is why these relationships are so important.”
Mayor Aroon said that the decision to release the EM balls was part of an ongoing mission in the Rawai area to improve the quality of the water, not only in the lake, but in households and businesses.
“Water treatment is one of the biggest problems we have in Rawai. This stems from the fact that the city planning of the past didn’t account or allow for ‘clean’ water to be used in houses or businesses.”
Mayor Aroon said that the Rawai Municipality was combating this problem in two ways. Firstly they perform regular tri-monthly investigations of every restaurant in the area to make sure they have their own septic tanks and if they don’t have them, they are closed down.
The Rawai Municipality also holds seminars every once in while to educate people on the importance of having septic tanks.
Uraurat Atiset, the President of BPW-Phuket said, “We do lots of projects, this month’s was to help the environment, out next one will be to help women prisoners.”