Nakhon Si Thammarat people worrying about wastewater from garbage dump

People living around a garbage dump of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Municipality is worrying wastewater from it will flow into their communities and farmland following heavy rain.

Images taken from a high angle by Thai PBS news team on Friday (Dec 1) show that the garbage dump has been flooded with rainwater.

The residents are afraid that if the water is not properly drained out from the site, wastewater would overflow an earth dyke and then flow into public waterways, their communities and land for agriculture.

The dump now has about 1.2 million tonnes of accumulated garbage, causing a longstanding problem to nearby communities for over 10 years, especially when there is heavy rain.

The wastewater from the dump site looks likely to flow into Tha Sak canal on the east and then to Tha Phae canal and several communities before flowing into the Gulf of Thailand.

Vachara Chumtham, the kamnan of Tambon Tha Sai, said the residents are afraid the same old problem would recur.  If this happens, the villagers would take legal against those responsible, he added.

Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality which manages the garbage dump could not be reached for comment.

Nakhon Si Thammarat garbage dump

Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality's garbage dump with 1.2 million tonnes of garbage is now flooded. Residents are worrying that wastewater from the dump will overflow into public waterways. http://bit.ly/2BCdF8t #Thailand #flood

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Friday, 1 December 2017