UPDATE: Kamala Chief confirms black wastewater seen on viral social media post flowing onto Kamala Beach is not from businesses

Phuket –

  Wastewater flowing onto Kamala Beach is not from businesses, however, wastewater is a major issue, said the Kamala Chief who is requesting a budget for improvements to the wastewater treatment system.

First, our previous story:

Foul, black water with a putrid odor was found flowing into the sea at Kamala Beach in the Kathu district according to a popular Facebook page earlier this week.

Yesterday, (May 19th), the Jutha Dumlak, the Kamala Tambon Administrative Organisation Chief, and his team inspected Kamala Beach.

Mr. Jutha told the Phuket Express, “The black water seen is wastewater that was left over in a ‘sand trap pool’ in water drainage systems from the dry season. Now, it is the beginning of the rainy season in which rain has started to wash out all the leftover wastewater into the sea.”

“I have confirmed this time wastewater is not from businesses dumping garbage or waste as many mentioned or speculated on in social media. We always check the wastewater treatment system of nearby businesses. When we see any problems with their wastewater treatment, they have cooperated well to fix their problems,” Mr. Jutha explained.

“However, we admit that wastewater is a big issue that has affected the local economy especially as tourism begins to recover after Covid-19 restrictions have eased. We see this as the first major issue to solve post-Covid-19. We have tried to cover the wastewater treatment system across the Kamala area. However, a good wastewater treatment system needs a lot of budget to build which is more than local authorities can afford. We need support from the provincial government and central ministries.” Mr. Jutha concluded.

The Kamala Tambon Administrative Organisation is planning to move forward with requesting more expansive budgets to improve the wastewater system.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.