Residents in South Pattaya are frustrated with canal-side restaurants for allegedly disposing of wastewater and trash in the canal water.
Mr. Methakrit Soonthorns, a member of Pattaya City Council District 4, visited the South Pattaya Canal this morning, July 18th, 2023, following complaints from citizens that some restaurant operators were secretly dumping trash and wastewater into the canal, causing environmental and olfactory pollution.
Methakrit said numerous restaurants along the canal had encroached upon the public area of the canal. This practice along with the discharging of wastewater and trash resulted in great damage to the natural water source.
The water has become turbid, murky, and contaminated with non-biodegradable waste, which floats on the surface and emits a foul odor, affecting the surrounding area. Despite previous attempts by the city of Pattaya to address this issue, no measures have succeeded.
Methakrit revealed that he continuously raised this issue in the recent city council meeting, but no substantial actions have been taken so far. The situation has persisted for more than 10 years, leading to a significant deterioration of the South Pattaya Canal.
The city and mayor has not responded to the complaints from the city council member yet.