Broken sewer pipe spews garbage across South Pattaya Beach

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City workers needed several hours to clean up South Pattaya after a high tide of garbage from a broken pipe flowed onto the beach.

The garbage first surfaced May 10 near Bali Hai pier near the wastewater outflow pipe where the water turned black and the sea and beach over 300 meters from Walking Street southward were covered in bottles, plastic bags, food waste, foam, torn clothing, and others junk.

Boat operators were seen picking up and dropping off customers to Koh Larn in the area and they were at risk of receiving unwanted injuries from sharp objects and broken glass.

City workers needed several hours to clean up South Pattaya after a high tide of garbage from a broken pipe flowed onto the beach.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay visited the site May 11 and said the trash, in fact, came out of an outflow pipe that suffered a broken screen door. All the garbage washing into the sea came from inland Pattaya where thoughtless street vendors dumped their rubbish in sewers and rainwater washed garbage downhill.

Verawat said Engineering Department workers will immediately fix the hydraulic door.

Rang, a 46-year-old boat operator, recalled how clean the beach was decades ago. It hasn’t been that way for a long time. Now he said it’s a trash dump where untreated sewage pours out of pipes across the sand, a result of storm overflow caused by city hall’s inability to control Pattaya’s incessant flooding problem.