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29 April 2014 :: 13:04:39 pm 85098

Foul Water Now Threatening Wider Area of Phuket Beach

The polluted water problem in Bang Tao is getting worse, with changing winds blowing the plume of filth north along Bang Tao Bay, potentially affecting the water off dozens of hotels including the Laguna complex.
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According to Bang Tao Long Tail Boat Club member, Jamnong Kokeaw, the polluted water used to flow towards the south end of the beach, where most of the longtails are moored.

However with the change in wind direction, the polluted water is now meandering to the north instead.

“The tourists have run away from this bad water to Layan Beach. For the past weeks, the low tides have cause the water to collect inside the klong and become more rotten,” Mr Jamnon said.

“Hotels and businesses are continually releasing more bad water into the canal, even when the officers came to inspect them.”

The Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) has set aside a budget of B320 million to build a waste-water treatment system, which is already 30 per cent complete and is expected to be finished within two to three years.

Local officials have meanwhile been spraying Effective Microbes – EM – onto the water in areas of the canal where the pollution is stagnating, but the brackish composition of the water appears to be making the EM less than effective.

“We are going to test a new microorganism on April 29,” said OrBorTor President Ma’ann Samran, who added that holes will be dug in a bid to trap sediments that can then be extracted before they are washed downstream and into the ocean.

Local officials in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment are investigating the sources of the bad water.

They have so far have identified two out of 16 local businesses in the area that have been releasing pollutants into the canal, with the remaining 14 still under investigation. They expect to identify all the culprits within two weeks.

After a visit from Governor Maitri Inthusut, the OrBorTor warned local businesses not to release sewage, kitchen or laundry waste into Klong Bang Tao but it appears that some at least are simply ignoring the warning.

View the original story on The Phuket News

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