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Phuket residents warned about sewage dumping

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PHUKET: Governor Maitri Inthusut has warned residents and restaurant owners in the Soi Paniang area, north of Phuket Town, that they will be prosecuted if they are caught releasing untreated waste water into the Bang Yai Canal.

“If Rassada residents are so concerned about environmental standards, they shouldn’t release untreated waste water into a public waterway,” he told a community meeting on Saturday.

Governor Maitri called on officers to inspect houses and restaurants in the area to ensure they are fitted with septic tanks.

“Any persons found releasing untreated waste water into the canal will be warned. If they are caught a second time, they will be prosecuted,” he said.

Taking polluters to court was just one element in Governor Maitri’s strategy for cleaning up the canal.

“We must add EM [Effective Microorganism] balls to increase oxygen in the water. This will help to break down contaminants quickly,” he said.

“We must also install pump stations along the canal to ensure the water moves along and does not become stagnant.”

Governor Maitri explained that Rassada Municipality had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Wastewater Management Authority of Thailand (WMA).

The MoU empowers the WMA to begin studying pollution in the area in the hope of deriving clear solutions to the problem.

Karon Municipality, in combating its “black water” problem, signed a similar MoU with the WMA on March 13 (story here).

Rassada Municipality has set aside 14 million baht to build an overflow sandbag dam in the canal that would retain sediment, which could then be dug out.

“We must also secure a budget to build an approved waste water treatment facility to prevent further damage to the environment,” he added.

Phuket City Wastewater Treatment Chief Chakkrit last year was already considering installing waste water treatment plants to ensure that the canal’s water quality remained at safe levels. The plan arose after polluted water in the canal formed a stench so overpowering that it had made people physically ill.

Residents suffered serious headaches and bouts of nausea, with many of them vomiting (story here).

The project was likely to cost upwards of 60 million baht.

“We are aware of the problem and we are trying everything we can to solve it. We expect our project to be approved so that we can resolve it,” Mr Chakkrit said.

In February this year, Samkong residents again filed a formal complaint over a sickening stench emanating from the canal (story here).

That incident, initially blamed on a noodle factory, was later attributed to raw sewage from the Soi Paniang area being emptied into the canal.

“It is not from the private factories in the area,” said Jarun Nongsook, an engineer at the Phuket Provincial Industrial Office (story here).

After hearing residents’ complaints in February, the Governor proposed a multi-pronged solution to the polluted canal that included dredging drainage ditches and lining them with cement; oxygenating the water; putting EM balls into the ditches; enlarging sewer pipes in Rassada; and encouraging restaurants, companies and residents in the area to install their own waste water treatment tanks to help reduce the average biological oxygen demand in the water.

Those calls seem to have gone unheard, a factor Governor Maitri is now looking to rectify.

“Relevant officers should regularly inspect all water sources along Soi Paniang and consult with residents to gain local knowledge in finding sustainable solutions to keep the community clean,” he said.

— Woranut Pechdee



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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