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Phuket officials to switch on magnets as Patong raw sewage solution

Phuket officials to switch on magnets as Patong raw sewage solution

PHUKET: Officials are planning to use electro-magnets as a way of treating raw sewage and other contaminants that are continuing to flow untreated into Patong Bay, home to Patong beach where thousands of tourists swim each day.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 11:50AM


Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong revealed the news yesterday (Feb 27) during an inspection of nearby Tri Trang Beach, where he was joined by a high-powered entourage of Phuket officials.

Joining the Governor were no less than Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew, Natural and Environment Resources Phuket office Director Natawan Jamlongkard, Phuket Environmental Office Region 15 Director Dr Pornsri Suttanarak, Phuket Marine Office Chief Surat Sirisaiyat, Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup, lecturers from the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, and others.

“Wastewater flowing onto Tri Trang Beach is a problem that needs to be urgently solved in order to prevent any effects that might damage Phuket’s tourism image,” Gov Norraphat said.

“This is the second time that we have inspected Tri Trang Beach; the first time was on Feb 11. The first time this area smelled of mud, but today it smells of rotten sewage.” he confirmed.

“At this stage we believe that the presence of wastewater at Tri Trang Beach is caused by many sources, such as untreated wasterwater flowing from Pak Bang canal, overflow from water-treatment systems in the area or business operators and communities directly releasing wastewater into natural water sources,” Gov Norraphat explained.

However, he added, “We do not believe that cruise ships travelling to Phuket are releasing wastewater here, but we have to carefully look into that.”

In order to urgently solve the problem, Patong Municipality will immediately submit a request for the budget to excavate sediment from Pak Bang Canal to create pools where sediment can be trapped in the water, Gov Norraphat explained.

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“Electronic magnetic field innovation will be used to trap sediments and lipids in Pak Bang Canal,” he said.

“This is the best and quickest way. If this innovation is successful in solving the wastewater problem here, we can apply this in other areas in Phuket.”

Officials are now working to solve the problem island-wide as quickly as possible, Gov Norraphat assured.

“Officials are preparing a plan with about B200 million already allocated that will include wastewater-treatment systems throughout the province,” Gov Norraphat noted.

Hot on the heels of his promise to look into the possibility of cruise liners dumping raw sewage in the bay, after the inpsection of Tri Trang Beach Gov Norraphat and his entourage boarded the Chok Aree 7 motorboat to inspect a cruise ship at anchor in Patong Bay.

“We have ordered officials to strictly check tour cruises and not to let them release wastewater here,” Gov Norraphat said.

“Officials have to make sure that they have a good waste management that will not damage Phuket’s natural and environment resources,” he added.

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Jor12 | 02 March 2018 - 20:32:06

Good lord...are people that ignorant? The discussion is about the treatment of waste by electromagnetism - which is stated by the uninitiated to be unproven - whereas it is actually used in waste treatment including (et.al) nuclear reactor coolant - which is water!

Rorri_2 | 02 March 2018 - 16:00:17

This discussion isn't about nuclear reactors, it's  about turds floating in klongs, and even IF they manage to settle the sludge  just where will the sludge go, it still needs to be treated, and disposed of... seems the problem still exists.

Jor12 | 02 March 2018 - 12:48:08

It's relevant because a commentator had clearly stated he had (and still has) no understanding of it's use and for how long since it's discovery. Unproven? - when it has been used treatment of industrial wastewater such as filtration of nuclear reactor coolant etc.

MartinK | 02 March 2018 - 07:40:53

Yes [XXXXX]  that's a reach, in a controlled environment (where flow is controlled and as part of a total waste removal process with filters, water purification, etc) magnets are used in waste management. If they can find the source, control the flow to run it through the magnetic process, filter it, remove the sediment, etc. they are on to something. I am doubtful nor hopeful that such is the...

vegasbaby | 01 March 2018 - 21:24:54

First step to solve a problem is to admit there is a problem.   The officials responsible for creating, and ignoring, uncontrolled massive raw sewage dumps into the sea, want to blame cruise ships and magnets instead.  Since they are not capable of managing first world sewage treatment facilities for the island, for 10 million tourists/year, lease out the project to others who can do it correctly.

Rorri_2 | 01 March 2018 - 20:15:52

"Michael Faraday" etc... it still won't remove poop, pee etc. I'm lost why one commentator is on about, as any "treatment" is still being investigated,  meaning nothing proved, so far, to be viable, or more effective than current processes. Oh, and what has Mr Faraday got to do with this article, considering electromagnetism was discribed by Athanasius Kircher in 1641.

R Sole | 01 March 2018 - 12:30:27

555. I hope those officials with all those badges, wings, etc on their uniforms stay well clear of an electro-magnet, they might be caught up by the strong magnetic pull. What do they hope to catch with the magnets, poo, pee pee and other rotting waste?

Jor12 | 01 March 2018 - 10:56:21

Michael Faraday found out about electro magnetism in the 19th Century. Studies have shown that it enhances the suspended solids removal by accelerating the settling of sludge (settlement time) as well as increasing the sludge density. It is also widely used in the treatment of industrial wastewater such as filtration of nuclear reactor coolant etc.

MartinK | 01 March 2018 - 07:16:42

ROFL "Electronic magnetic field innovation"I wonder if that will work on the coffee I just sprayed all over my keyboard.  This might be better than the tugboats motors they used to push the flood waters back. Thank you Governor I needed that.

peter rawai | 28 February 2018 - 17:30:36

Trying to blame the cruise ships now, what a joke

Rorri_2 | 28 February 2018 - 16:27:44

Would it be possible for a brave reporter to ask the gov just how does a magnet attract poo, pee  dead animals etc.

Kurt | 28 February 2018 - 12:53:50

What a false deviation of own incompetence to direct attention to cruise ships about pollution
Shame full insinuation!
Cruise vessels have a sanitation officer on board. 
Daily will be logged about garbage and waste water 
It will be contained on board until next port of call where it will be taken and pumped ashore
Also that will be ships logged and signed by port authorities, in SMART ports

Discover Thainess | 28 February 2018 - 12:19:35

I wonder if the company that the supplied the bomb detectors can supply some magnets as well.....

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