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March 12, 2015


Shrimp Ponds in Phuket Leaking Salt Water


A team of navy officers, Orborjor (a provincial administration organization in Phuket) officers, fishery officials and environmental officers investigated 15 shrimp farms in Mai Khow, Phuket, that were alleged to have released polluted water into the local water supply.  Reports said that the water had killed fish and trees in the area, and that some fresh water had become unusable.


During their investigation, the officials found that eight of the farms had leaked contaminated water into the fresh water supply and some land areas, affecting more than 30 homes.  For the past three months, residents of these homes have had to pay more than $9 per month to buy clean drinking water.


Mai Khao resident Wiroj Prasert, 54, said, “Today we cannot drink or use water from our well.  We have been using the well since our grandparents time, but now we have to buy water.  We want officials to take care of this problem fast.”


Officials have ordered the eight shrimp farms to fix the leaks within 15 days.  If they don’t, the officials will close the farms.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Phuket Shrimp Farms Found to Be Leaking Brackish Water and Contaminating Local Fresh Water Supplies.  Linda Lindner (Urner Barry, 1-732-240-5330, extension 223, email  March 12, 2015.


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