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One of the reasons Bangkok floods - Twitter picture of fat clogging the drains

 

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Picture: Sanook

 

BANGKOK: -- A picture of a huge slab of congealed fat clogging the drains has highlighted one of the reasons why Bangkok had such severe flooding last week.

 

Drain cleaners from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration were in Wang Thong Lang district when Twitter user @epinephrinerx snapped this picture.

 

The caption said: "This was not earth but fat clogging the drains".

 

Sanook called on the BMA to work on the issue before the next heavy rains create more mayhem in the capital.

 

The news media and people commenting laid the blame squarely on roadside restaurants for throwing untreated waste into the drains.

 

Source: Sanook

 
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Pretty nasty, but it does clearly show the need for the drains to be cleaned far more regularly. The issue of where it came from obviously needs to be addressed too, but if the drains were maintained year round, rather than just when the flooding rolls in, it wouldn't have got to this disgusting state.

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2 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

The issue of where it came from obviously needs to be addressed too, 

 

Street food vendors and small restaurants routinely dump their used oil/waste directly into the drains.

 

Many restaurants have plastic tubing going straight out to the drains.

 

You can see everywhere you go. Everynight.

 

I have witnessed it countless times.

 

"The news media and people commenting laid the blame squarely on roadside restaurants for throwing untreated waste into the drains."

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3 minutes ago, Thechook said:

Havent they heard of recycling

 

The oil they use is "recycled".

 

They buy it from agents who purchase used/burnt out oil from bigger restaurants.

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2 hours ago, iReason said:

 

The oil they use is "recycled".

 

They buy it from agents who purchase used/burnt out oil from bigger restaurants.

Yep, exactly.

Damn, looks like solid concrete ... poorly mixed though.

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this another reason to clear away street vendors and ensure they are placed in an effectively managed area - as happened to good effect on asoke road.

 

i, along i'm sure with many people here, regularly see street food vendors emptying vats of liquid, often containing fat and food residue, into the drain. i have seen other street vendors sweeping their patch and instead of disposing of the material sensibly they sweep it into a drain.

 

while  not the only culprits proper management of street vendors will contribute positively to resolving this and other problems e.g. stopping the blocking of pavements so they can be used by all and not the few.

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3 hours ago, clockman said:

They never learn. All so no money to be had in this for the politicions

Even when they are installing new drains the contractors will be laying the concreat pipes in the ditch but not cover the ends of the pipe when they leave it for days or even weeks thus the sands and trash drift down into the pipe .As the pipes are laid more and more sand (remember we live on river delta ) keep accumulating and the drains will not work as planed. The combination of laziness and tepidness is no match against mother nature.

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1 minute ago, sanukjim said:

Even when they are installing new drains the contractors will be laying the concreat pipes in the ditch but not cover the ends of the pipe when they leave it for days or even weeks thus the sands and trash drift down into the pipe

 

If that was the only problem. I regret I didn't take pictures when they laid the drains beside the highway 7 in Pattaya about a year ago.

 

That was really beyond shoddy workmanship.

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