Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities have warned again of punishing and closing any businesses that do not build wastewater treatment basins before dumping wastewater into the ocean.
In a meeting on Friday, deputy provincial governor Cheav Vicheak urged business owners and officials to cooperate, and assigned officials to advise and instruct business owners on building wastewater treatment basins in accordance with proper technical standards.
“Vendors have the option for technical officers or another company to build it. They must avoid polluting the environment and dumping wastewater into the sea that hasn’t been treated,” he said.
Mr Vicheak warned that the provincial environment department would punish any business owners not following the instructions.
If they still didn’t heed instructions following the punishment, documents would be prepared to close their business, he added.
Samut Sothearith, director of the provincial environment department, said yesterday that officials in the past had educated business owners about this problem many times, punishing some of them, and even suspending a business at one location.
He added that officials would further strengthen this work to avoid impacting the environment and the beauty of Cambodia’s coast.
“We will strengthen this work everywhere. The environment department and the provincial-level working team will check the work on each beach to further strengthen it,” he said.
Sim Chumroth, owner of the 991 Restaurant along Ochheuteal Beach, supported the action by provincial authorities to clean up the environment and beautify the beach.
“We have already prepared the drainage system, as we as vendors really support cleaning the beach to attract more tourists,” she said.
On February 22, provincial authorities also asked businesses and tour operators in Sihanoukville to enhance the city’s beauty and prevent sewage from flowing into the ocean, while warning of administrative measures for those failing to comply.
It asked owners of businesses and tour agencies to stop putting chairs, tables and other objects on the beach while requesting that animals not be raised in coastal areas, that sewage not be flowed into the sea and that motorcycles not be repaired on the beach.
The notice gave owners until the end of February to heed the instructions or administrative action would be taken against them.