Pollution continues on South Pattaya Beach

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South Pattaya Beach remains dirty and polluted as sewage continues to leak into storm drains during heavy storms.
South Pattaya Beach remains dirty and polluted as sewage continues to leak into storm drains during heavy storms.

South Pattaya Beach remains dirty and polluted as sewage continues to leak into storm drains during heavy storms.

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While not as bad as in July, when broken pumps caused a massive sewage overflow that made beach water nearly twice as unsafe as recommended, the sand remains dark and the water murky as the city struggles to repair and upgrade its sewage processing system.

Sanitation Department officials said some sewage overflows are to be expected until those repairs are done.

The Pattaya City Council on Sept. 28 allocated 19 million baht to pumps sending wastewater to the city’s troubled sewage-treatment plant.

On the repair list are eight garbage collectors at the Pattaya Beach waste-pumping station, two similar machines at the South Pattaya Canal, three at the Naklua Canal and a main pump at the Soi Nong Yai treatment plant.

The plant, poorly maintained over the past decade, also will get repairs to a high-speed pump, overpasses and clarification filters.