Tries have been given to tackle pollution problem in the sea at Ao Nand beach of Krabi and the sea at Traitrang beach in Pa Tong of Phuket by local administration officials on Phuket and Krabi provinces.
The reason given for the flow of untreated effluent from households and tourism-related establishments into the sea of both provinces is the broken wastewater treatment facilities. Both of these provinces are popular destinations for both Thai and foreign tourists.
Over the weekend that the office had sought permission from the Marine Department to build a new wastewater treatment facility with 6.9 million baht budget approved by the Krabi provincial administration, but a permission has yet to be issued by the Marine Department, said Mr Tossaporn Chotechuang, director of the environment unit of the Krabi's Office of Natural Resources and Environment.
He disclosed that two treatment tanks of the wastewater treatment facility at Klong Chak which was operated by the Ao Nang Tambon Administration Organisation had broken down, causing untreated wastewater to flow into the klong and eventually into the sea at Ao Nang beach
A long stretch of the Traitrang beach has been blackened with the effluent which also emitted foul smell, driving away many tourists.