Reporting polluted waterways in Phuket

Is there a government department that receives complaints about the pollution of fresh-water streams by people discharging cooking waste material – such as meat, vegetable, oil, rice and so on – into a stream so that the waterway becomes more like a sewer than a natural water course?

Chas, Rawai.

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Discharging waste into a fresh-water stream is illegal. The act of polluting a natural waterway breaches environment laws and can incur a fine of up to 2,000 baht for just the first instance, but the punishment for repeat offenders gets very serious very quickly after that. Thank you so much for letting us know about this. However, it would be nice if you could inform us of the exact location where this is happening, so we can immediately take action against it. You can report this formally to Rawai Municipality by either calling us at 076-613801 or on our 24-hour hotline 076-613800, by faxing details of the complaint to 076-289055, or by email to [email protected] If you choose so, you can file your complaint in person at our office at the southern end of Rawai Beach. Our office is open on weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Aroon Solos, mayor, Rawai.

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