Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai has told Pattaya officials to investigate reports of raw sewage being released into the sea.
Signs of polluted effluent have been seen in the Kratinglai area, but also at the far southern end of Pattaya Beach near Walking Street. A survey of the beachhead there May 15 found bottles, plastic and other garbage scattered along a beach stained dark from outflows from the storm-drainage pipes there.
Water near the pipe’s opening is dark and smelly. While the area is used as an anchorage for speedboats, it lies only 100 meters from a swimming area for tourists.
Officials will have to address the problem once installation work for a new, larger drainage pipe begins in June.
Signs of polluted effluent have been seen at the southern end of Pattaya Beach near Walking Street.