Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Toxic waste plagues Toul Kork neighborhood

Toxic waste plagues Toul Kork neighborhood

Toxic waste plagues Toul Kork neighborhood

WATER stained with dark blue bubbles and with a strong chemical stench is affecting

1,800 Toul Kork households living downstream from the PPS industrial laundry complex.

According to residents of Boeung Kak Muay and Phnom Penh Thmei districts, in 1997

PPS began pumping its industrial waste water into a nearby stream and lake used by

many families for washing and bathing.

"They are polluting our house," said a female resident of the area who

asked not to be identified. "Our health is not safe here. I have got ill often

since this began to happen."

The woman points out a nearby stand of half-dead fruit trees beside a fish pond that

residents have had to abandon because to contaminated runoff from the stream as more

evidence of the impact of the polluted water.

According to an education officer who asked not to be named, a complaint filed by

the villagers more than a year ago has yet to be answered by Phnom Penh municipal

authorities.

"We've been seriously affected by this waste water," he said, reeling off

a litany of health disorders such as dizziness, fevers and chronic sore throats that

he attributes to close proximity and actual contact with the polluted water.

Heng Narith, Chief of the Ministry of Environment's Pollution Control Department,

told the Post that Ministry testing of the PPS waste water indicated the runoff poses

no serious health threat to local residents.

However, Narith said his department had ordered PPS's management to put into place

a waste-water treatment system by the end of December or face legal action.

Post attempts to contact PPS management prior to publication were unsuccessful.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman