Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach. Supplied

Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said.

He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s beaches since Tuesday.

“The hyacinth we collected from O’chheutal beach alone amounted to 77 tonnes. We will continue removing the weeds that are still ‘invading’ other beaches too, namely O’tres beach and Ek Reach beach,” he said, noting all the ‘rubbish’ has been dumped at a landfill outside Sihanoukville.

The Preah Sihanouk provincial hall statement last week said the plants came from neighbouring countries on October 9.

It advised people ‘not to worry about the invasive plants damaging the quality of seawater and the beach’.

It also noted ‘the invasion only disrupts the aesthetics of the beach for a short time, and hence, it would return to normal once the waste has been removed completely.

The water hyacinth is a free-floating aquatic plant with broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves that may rise above the surface of the water as high as a metre. It can even grow more than 1.5 metres above the water level under sufficient nutrient supply and expand to twice the amount in two weeks.

The invasive water weed blocks waterways affects navigation and drainage and increases siltation and flooding. The plant is a native of the Amazon, but tolerates a wide range of climatic and aquatic conditions, allowing world-wide infestation across a range of latitudes and climates.

‘Other sources’

There is growing concern over the emergence of pollutants from other sources which could potentially decrease the quality of seawater in the province.

Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and Minister of Environment Say Sam Al on Friday visited Preah Sihanouk to address the problem.

Upon inspecting and discussing with the experts, the ministers established three measures aimed at preventing the pollutants from flowing into the sea.

They are – restoring the 16ha water cleaning station at O’chheuteal, constructing a reservoir and water pumping station at O’cham Na and O’chhne Pram Pi Choan, and preparing a water filter system at the streams, starting from O’mariyu.

Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said: “The ministers found solutions to tackle the liquid waste problem in order to improve the city’s (Sihanoukville’s) aesthetics.”

Construction has been mushrooming in Preah Sihanouk due to constant foreign investments pouring in. But with development comes environmental problems.

Many of the construction projects resulted in waste being dumped into water bodies which end up at the sea, polluting the beach along the way.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol