PHUKET: The stinky, black water that blighted Karon Beach last month is the product of a faulty wastewater treatment system, Karon Village Chief (Kamnan) Winai Chidchiew revealed yesterday.

Canals blocked by huge berms of soil and broken water pumps are the chief culprits, as they prevent water from being pumped from canals to treatment plants and cause more wastewater than normal to reach the last pumping station before the beach, Kamnan Winai explained.

“The Wiset Road Pump Station can’t handle all the water, and it overflows into the Nong Han Canal, producing the black sediment that flowed last month onto the beach,” Kamnan Winai said.