BANGKOK, 21st May 2019 (NNT) - Following the discharge of wastewater into the sea at Na Jomtien Beach in Sattahip district, Chon Buri province, the situation has started to return to normal, with the water level rising and the stench subsiding, as the local municipality considers closing the sluice gate.
The water situation at Na Jomtien Beach has gradually improved, as the water became less murky than in the last few days. However, a foul smell can still be noticed along the beach. On Sunday, the Deputy District Chief of Sattahip, Wanchat Wannapram, said his district office has coordinated with relevant agencies in Pattaya to bring in more pump trucks to remove the wastewater, which will be treated. Mr. Wanchat said the district office will consider closing the sluice gate and inspecting the wastewater being released by buildings in the area.
Meanwhile, residents near Na Jomtien Beach say they have often seen wastewater being discharged into the sea, especially when there is heavy rain in the area, and they can smell the stench for one to two hours. When tourists arrived at the scene, they usually took photos and shared them on social media. As a result, fewer tourists were coming to the beach for the time being. The residents have called on the authorities to close the sluice gate and stop discharging wastewater into the sea, as it has an adverse impact on tourism and on the residents themselves.