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Patong officials target more wastewater released at Merlin Beach

Patong officials target more wastewater released at Merlin Beach

PHUKET: Patong health officials are trying to track down those responsible for releasing untreated wastewater into a public drain that emptied onto Merlin Beach, south of Patong, late last week.

By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Wednesday 19 February 2020, 12:06PM

Patong Deputy Mayor Boonma Aeapsap explained to The Phuket News that health officials were first informed of the wastewater emptying onto the beach last Thursday (Feb 13).

A delegation of Patong Municipality health officials went to inspect the site the next day, but were unable to identify the source, he said.

Mr Boonma confirmed that his officers had checked and confirmed that the wastewater had not come from the Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa, which last month suffered a broken pipe causing an overrun in untreated wastewater being emptied into the public drain, and hence onto the beach.

Absolute World Group promptly apologised and rectified the problem, but were still fined B10,000 for the incident. (See story here.)

“The officers have checked already. It is not the same place as last time,” Mr Boonma confirmed.

Meanwhile, the search for the culprit over last week’s discharge continues.

Banyad Horpetch at the Patong Municipality Sanitation Division explained, “We checked last Friday and found wastewater coming out of the concrete pipe onto the beach, but we don’t know from who.

“The wastewater stopped that day and we are looking for evidence.”

Mr Banyad warned that if his officers identify the culprit, they too will be fined B10,000 for breach of Section 33 of the of Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country B.E. 2535.

Meanwhile, Mr Banyad confirmed today (Feb 19) that the release of wastewater onto the beach has stopped.

“We went to check again today and found that the water being released onto the beach is clean,” Mr Banyad said.

 “Tourists can safely swim in the sea there,” he assured.

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kerbo | 19 February 2020 - 19:48:08

Get up early and check all the bars cafes with electric pumps going pumping from cesspits to the local drains   

Kurt | 19 February 2020 - 13:51:07

Tourists not come to Phuket to gamble their health at such beaches. The 'health assurance' is worth less than zero. Even when the water may look clear this moment, the pollution is there and drained. Where sand and water samples taken by these so called health officials? No, of course not. Just have to believe their talks based on nothing.

Kurt | 19 February 2020 - 13:29:37

Seen the photos health officials had no choice to stop hand sitting, than go and look. And further? Nothing. Why not dig up this pipe line to were it starts, and let the owner pay for the digging + of course a fine at least the same as for smoking on the beach. Sounds fair. Official action is so cosmetic, the pollution is not.

Kurt | 19 February 2020 - 13:22:59

After all the Officials are gone, and th caost is free 'we' open the valve again and release our filty wastewater again. The fine for this continuing Phuket beaches pollution is ridiculous low ( 10,000 thb), compared with the ridiculous high fine of 100,000 thb for smoking at the same beaches. Soul of the story? Phuket officials don't take this water pollution serious. 

CaptainJack69 | 19 February 2020 - 12:51:37

 “Tourists can safely swim in the sea there,” So long as they're guests of the Merlin Beach Resort, otherwise they'll be chased off their 'private beach'. So let them deal with it.

Capricornball | 19 February 2020 - 12:24:13

And the ongoing assault on Phuket's environment continues, with local officials remaining at a complete loss as to how to deal with it.  Kamala is another example of wasted money on ineffectual projects that very often make things worse.  There remains no solution for any west coast municipalities.

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