Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Broadcasts promote safe water message

Broadcasts promote safe water message

Broadcasts promote safe water message

RADIO programs that aim to educate Cambodia's rural residents about the dangers of unsafe drinking water can now be heard in Battambang province, Suam Rassy, the project coordinator of the Well of Life program on Far East Broadcasting Cambodia (FEBC), told the Post.

In Cambodia, where 50 percent to 60 percent of people do not have safe drinking water, most people do not know that contaminated water can lead to diarrhoea or waterborne illnesses, Suam Rassy said.

"I created the Well of Life program because I saw that many people in rural areas don't know how to use clean water," he said.

"We have made this program for two years and we worked in two provinces, Prey Veng and Kampong Chhnang. Now, we also work with Battambang province," he said.

Educational aims

The goal of FEBC programs is to help people learn about hygiene, irrigation, the science of wells and the importance of providing clean water for livestock.

"We have two programs. One is called the Well of Life, a 15-minute drama that runs once a day for a week, and the other is a 30-minute spot that is simply informative that runs two days a week," Suam Rassy said.

"We travel around to villages and tell people about the importance of clean water. We give them filters when they can answer our questions related to clean water," he said.

Ministry of Rural Development figures show that 85 percent of rural residents do not have access to safe drinking water and many suffer from waterborne diseases as a result.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • ‘Kingdom lacks up to 400MW in available electricity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the general public, hoteliers and businesspeople with generators to use them as back-up as the Electricity Authority of Cambodia cannot generate enough electricity to meet needs due to low water levels in power station reservoirs. On Saturday evening

  • EDC tackles power shortfall

    Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season. Reductions in electricity prices have resulted in a steady increase in consumers in the Kingdom, while local and international investors

  • African swine fever spreads to VN-Cambodia border

    African swine fever has spread to parts of Vietnam that border Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri and Kratie provinces, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official said on Friday. Tan Phannara, the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production director-general, told a Phnom Penh workshop that