Bang Tao Canal cleaner for now, businesses to be checked for wastewater pollution
Water flowing in Phuket’s Bang Tao Canal is now cleaner thanks to some urgent ‘band aids’ put on the problem on Monday morning, while business operators are set to be checked in a bid to find the source of untreated wastewater.
Earlier in the day, the Cherng Talay OrBorTor president Ma’ann Samran admitted that 90 per cent of businesses in the area did not treat their wastewater.
“Now water in Bang Tao Canal is clear and has no bad smell, after we dug the canal and washed out some of the heavy sediment. We are now using sand to block the Bang Tao Canal so the water will not flow into the sea. Wastewater in the canal will be pumped and removed for treatment.
“Tomorrow, business operators will be checked. If they are releasing wastewater into the sea, they will face legal action,” Ma’ann said.
Some 90 per cent of business operators, along with locals, are releasing untreated wastewater into the filthy Bang Tao Canal, the official added.