July 21, 2012 00:00 By Janjira Pongrai The Nation 2,841 Viewed
From August 2, all shopping complexes, large hotels, hospitals and other businesses must start compiling their wastewatertreatment records and report the results to relevant authorities every month.
Failure to do so will result in a maximum fine of Bt100,000 and/or up to a year in jail.
Pollution Control Department (PCD) director general Wichien Jungrungruang said that since many businesses had deliberately turned off their wastewatertreatment systems, his department had to call on the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to enforce these extra measures.
He added that stringent measures like these would help ease pollution and boost the quality of the environment.
The measure will be applied to factories, industrial estates, residential buildings with more than 400 units, hotels with more than 200 rooms, hospitals with at least 30 beds, big schools, petrol stations and big pig farms, among others.
“The law already requires that such watertreatment systems be put in place. Now we require them to keep records to ensure that these systems are turned on,” Wichien said.
He also disclosed that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had suggested that the National Environment board start collecting a wastewatertreatment fee, and that the board has instructed the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority to look into the issue and come up with an amount for the fee.