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Stop dumping trash in Phuket Town canals, mayor urges

Stop dumping trash in Phuket Town canals, mayor urges

PHUKET: Public works on clearing and improving water flow in canals has resulted in good results in the three flood-prone areas in Phuket Town, Phuket City Mayor Saroj Angkanapilas has announced.

By The Phuket News

Friday 15 July 2022, 11:51AM

The three key areas are on Amphur Rd near the intersection on the way to Koh Siray, in Samkong and along Sakdidet Rd, Mr Saroj said.

“Despite heavy rain during the past week, there have been no problems of flooding in the areas,” he said.

Phuket City Municipality targetted the three areas as local residents had been repeatedly affected by the canals overflowing during periods of heavy rain, Mr Saorj explained. 

Mr Saroj gave specific thanks to the Phuket Governor. “He has regularly visited the areas to help take care of the flooding problem in Phuket Municipality,” he said.

He also thanked the provincial office of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning.

“All relevant authorities rushed to resolve the problem in the three key areas, which are now considered very successful,” Mr Saroj said.

The coordinated efforts saw the canals being cleared of all natural ‒ and unnatural ‒ debris.

“The canals were dredged and unused beams were removed for better water flow, which helped to resolve the problem,” he said.

Mayor Saroj noted that Phuket City officials were monitoring other areas to help prevent flooding, and were continually removing trash from the canals to reduce the amount of waste impeding water flow.


“We ask all residents to use the bins that the municipality has available to reduce the amount of waste [found in the canals],” Mr Saroj said.

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Capricornball | 17 July 2022 - 13:57:38

Yes, this is 2022 and the majority of Thai citizenry still maintains a 3rd World mentality towards trash and overall environmental management. The trash problem is a national shame, and the illegal flow of filthy water continues without any concern as to how to stop the problem. People throughout Phuket use surface drains to dump everything from cooking, laundry and industrial wastes.

Kurt | 17 July 2022 - 11:40:41

We all see the open drums, used as trash bin, and we see in morning how dogs and cats pulled them over at night and spread what they couldn't eat of it. Are there really no Phuket sanitation officials who can wake up and change that?  Trash in the streets 'promote' more trash throwing away/let fall out of the hands. That is a proven fact.

christysweet | 16 July 2022 - 18:46:08

Small resort near to me in Layan   has their worker  blow the garbage from around their bins into the street where  it then  streams across  my property. They also do not even try to recycle and routinely throw garden debris in the bins. And  this is a European man who owns it. 

SEC2 | 16 July 2022 - 16:42:11

"Pack it in, Pack it out"

SEC2 | 16 July 2022 - 16:41:46

@JohnC   I totally agree.  EDUCATION  is desperately need.  I live in a large nice middle class estate and there are only 2 public bins. On my walks I see trash on the side of the road every day.  Fortunately there is staff that picks it up, but still it's very aggravating that someone won't walk 10 meters to dump their take out containers in the bin. Or as we used to say "Pack it in,...

JohnC | 16 July 2022 - 09:43:04

All municipalities need to make many more bins available in public areas. Everyone knows that the average local won't walk 10 steps to throw rubbish in a bin when it is far easier just to drop it. EDUCATION IS BADLY NEEDED IN THIS AREA.

Nasa12 | 15 July 2022 - 15:48:42

Give them 65% of the fines, like police get of every fines they give’s. 

Kurt | 15 July 2022 - 13:26:07

Yes, continue removing trash from canals will be needed as long Thai dumb theirs in canals instead of walking to/using bins. Are there sanatation officers walking around to educate and fine them same time they dumb illegal? What is the dumping Thai thinking? It just becomes clear only when he feels it in his wallet. Give sanation officers 20% of the fines. Soon dumping is over.


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