Neighbors allege Raiwanasin Market dumping sewage

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Residents say the once ‘pristine’ canal has become polluted and smelly behind Raiwanasin Market.
Residents say the once ‘pristine’ canal has become polluted and smelly behind Raiwanasin Market.

PATTAYA – Raiwanasin Market may have gotten its parking chaos under control, but neighbors are now complaining about the market dumping sewage into a nearby canal.

A Feb. 24 inspection of the Wanasin Canal found the black water to be as smelly as reported, with dead marine creatures floating on the surface. From all appearances, raw wastewater is being flushed into the storm-drainage waterway.

Nongprue Clerk Teerawit Thongnok said the sub-district’s Sanitation Department was collecting samples for testing.

He said the market was required to install wastewater-treatment equipment when it was issued its business licenses, and assumed this was already done.

He added sanitation officials would investigate.

  • cdnski12

    Glad to hear that the Market neighbours are pursuing this. You can’t depend on your municipality. I’ve been thru this same experience while working as a Utility Planner in Vancouver; reporting sewer runoff from business sites I observed in the course of my work. The polluting owners browbeat muni inspectors, phone their bosses, will lie thru their teeth that you swore at them … in short, they will do anything to deflect their have to spend money to correct the problem they created. I was thru this 5/6 times. I stuck to my reports, which was probably why I was seldom promoted. I had to move to a new position to get promotions.

  • Ken Anderson

    ”He added sanitation officials would investigate.”

    I dare say this ‘investigation’ will simply comprise of the usual exchange of brown envelopes.