Najomtien ignores Pattaya sewage-treatment offer

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Continues to pollute Jomtien Beach

A Sattahip sub-district continues to pollute the outer reaches of Jomtien Beach with raw sewage, despite a Pattaya offer to treat the wastewater.

A Sattahip sub-district continues to pollute the outer reaches of Jomtien Beach with raw sewage, despite a Pattaya offer to treat the wastewater.
A Sattahip sub-district continues to pollute the outer reaches of Jomtien Beach with raw sewage, despite a Pattaya offer to treat the wastewater.

Beachgoers and businesses along a stretch of Jomtien Beach from the Soi 17 to the Pupen restaurant intersection long have complained about black and smelly sewage fouling the beach and water there, leaving it unusable.

Pattaya City Hall is aware of the problem, but said there is nothing it can do, as the area is under the jurisdiction of Najomtien Sub-district in Sattahip.

Beach users say the problem is getting worse and an April 3 inspection found both putrid, but clear, effluent and black, untreated sewage, streaming out of a box culvert at the Pupen T-junction into the sea.

Kasima Anantayakorn, drainage system director for the Pattaya Sanitation Department, said city hall in 2015 encouraged Najomtien officials to take the opportunity to link its sewers to Pattaya’s, but the municipality never took the offer and, to this date, continues to pour untreated wastewater into the sea.