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Popular Klong Mudong overwhelmed with wastewater

PHUKET: Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol and the Director of the Environmental Control Division at Regional Environment Office 15, Kanchit Suntarakorn, inspected the popular Klong Mudong canal yesterday following confirmation that the level of wastewater contaminants is killing fish in the fouled water.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 2 April 2019, 05:37PM

Water tests by environmental officers showed that the canal water was carrying 1.7mg of contaminants per liter, much of which is already belived to be from untreated wastewater being dumped into the canal.

“This is serious,” said Mayor Samran. “The solution requires cooperation from many agencies, including the Phuket Provincial Office, to come down to solve the problems because Chalong is an area that has tourism, and many tourists visit the area each year.

“If the wastewater problem is not resolved, it will seriously affect tourism,” he said.

As an initial remedy environmental officers will deploy EM (effective micro-organism) balls into the canal, Mayor Samran told The Phuket News today (Apr 2).

“We will also ramp up our campaign for people not to dump garbage or release untreated wastewater into the canal,” he said.

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“For the long-term solution, as the canal receives wastewater from villages and markets in both Wichit and Chalong (subdistricts), the municipalities for both areas must together be held responsible.

“So I have instructed Chalong Municipal Deputy Palad (Deputy Chief Administration Officer) Chainiwat Saisuwan to coordinate with Wichit Municipality. We will discuss this together for a long-term solution as fast as we can,” Mayor Samran said.

“We must find a long-term solution to this, including creating awareness among local people and government agencies involved, to help solve the problem,” he noted.


“We must resolve this before it is too late. If it is not resolved, this will cause serious environmental damage,” he added.



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Fascinated | 02 April 2019 - 19:05:35

Over the past few weeks I have notice a HUGe increase in 'fly tipping' of rubbish all over the island. People just do not care about their environment.

Kurt | 02 April 2019 - 18:59:37

1: Since when this long time polluted canal popular?
2: Why this waste water problem( the officials know damn well long time) was not fixed long time ago? Mentioning about fixing and tourists sounds hypocrite ( tourists look and run away), how about the thai people living around?
3: .."Before it is to late?"  It is already to late! Serious environment damage! See the death fish!

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