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Raw sewage released into Phuket's Patong Bay

PHUKET: A fault in the construction of the upgrade to the Patong Watewater Treatment Plant has allowed raw sewage to flow untreated into Patong Bay, The Phuket News has confirmed.

Friday 9 February 2018, 01:55PM


The spill potentially exposes thousands of unsuspecting tourists at Phuket’s popular Patong Beach to the pollution.

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup confirmed the news early this afternoon (Feb 9).

"I have been informed of wastewater leakage into the sea this afternoon from faults during the construction of the new waste water treatment tank (phase four)," Mayor Chalermluck told The Phuket News.

Officials are at the scene (see map below) working to rectify the problem as quickly as possible, Mayor Chalermluck said.

I have already called the contractor and urged him to  minimise the impact.

“I accept that while the construction is occurring, sometimes there will be effects to the sea from wastewater flowing out," she added.

"However, I am also urging the contractor to accelerate the work to be completed as soon as possible, by September this year before the monsoon season arrives, as we cannot work during the monsoon or rainy season," she said.

Patong Beach has many tourists in the morning and evening. Therefore, the daytime is best to carry out the works because the tide is not high,” she said.

“We want to accelerate the wastewater treatment system to be complete as soon as possible in order to effectively treat water in the long-term,” said Mayor Chalermluck.

Only in December did Mayor Chalermluck announce that Patong’s wastewater treatment plant would be able to treat the volume of sewage in Patong during the current tourism high season as construction of new and larger wastewater treatment tanks had commenced in October.

The new wastewater treatment tanks are being built to replace three smaller old ones, which were built in 1989. (See story here.)

“There was some wastewater overflowing out of the current treatment plant during high season last year,” Mayor Chalermluck admitted in December. (See story here.)

“But this year we will use a temporary plan to prevent overflow of wastewater in this peak season until January next year,” she added.

Supakorn Meekaew, Head engineer at Patong Municipality’s Environment Division, reported last year that the upgrade to the Patong Watewater Treatment Plant was scheduled for completion in October 2019.

 

 

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vegasbaby | 09 February 2018 - 23:01:45

Ben is correct...many homes and businesses that create sewage are not connected to the sewage treatment system.  Untreated sewage has been pouring into the sea for decades.  With unrestricted growth, expanded tourism, and a lack of investment in supporting infrastructures, the island is literally turning into a famous Trump s***hole.

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LES | 09 February 2018 - 20:32:45

Fifty years ago no tourists and the waters must have been gin clear, very sad how greed and lack of planning can ruin what was once heaven.

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Kurt | 09 February 2018 - 19:22:39

A waste water plant from 1989. Should have been enlarged already many years ago.
Now, go to have a look and see yourself what new will become may be operational capacity wise in October 2019.
A child can see that what they construct now impossible can serve the whole of present and still extending Patong.
After 2019, still raw sewage will left and right flow into Patong Bay.

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Discover Thainess | 09 February 2018 - 17:00:49

Mmmmmm lovely .... cant wait to go for a swim in raw sewage 

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BenPendejo | 09 February 2018 - 15:28:52

What a s*#! show, literally. But this is not incredibly different than every day, only partially treated sewage heads out to sea. And a big reason that the new "treatment facility" can handle "ALL" of Patong's wastewater, is because the majority of places are not connected to the system and flow into open canals. But, it is still better all the untreated sewage that goes in...

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