Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Water shortages hit outer suburbs



Water shortages hit outer suburbs

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Water tanks in Phnom Penh’s Kamboul commune. Facebook

Water shortages hit outer suburbs

Around 40,000 families in the Phnom Penh suburbs are expected to face water shortages in the dry season. To address the issue, the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) has made provisions to provide water to them, a senior PPWSA official said.

In a Facebook post on March 23, PPWSA director-general Sim Sitha said the authority would allow residents to take water from municipal sources at 16 locations in the suburbs. Residents can also get water from fire engines deployed on public roads.

“We have also prepared trucks in collaboration with Phnom Penh Municipal Hall in dispensing water for people when there are water shortages. These are the precautions we have implemented and the water that we will distribute is free of charge,” he said.

Currently, PPWSA can produce about 600,000m3 of clean water per day, but public demand for water is more than 700,000m3 per day. This shortfall as well as low water pressure has affected citizens who have to wait for water in some outer suburbs, especially at night.

According to the senior official, generally, full water pressure is in the centre of Phnom Penh while weak pressure is in communes on the city’s outskirts.

“For this work, we have a clear master plan for water usage in Phnom Penh and Kandal province’s Takhmao town. We also have a long-term plan, and we are also cooperating with development partners through the government to find investment to build more water treatment plants as well,” he said.

Sim Sitha noted that PPWSA has recently inaugurated a clean water construction site in Chroy Changvar district’s Bak Kheng commune, with phase I of the project expected to be completed in mid-2022 and the second in mid-2023.

“Therefore, between 2023 and 2025 we can address residents’ concerns over water shortages and [successfully] implement the government’s policy for everybody to have 100 per cent clean water by 2025,” he said.

Sitha said PPWSA plans to build a new water treatment facility in TaKhmao town with a grant from the Japanese government. PPWSA, he added, is currently preparing the bidding documents. Another project to build a facility in Boeung Thom near the Prampi Makara dam in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district with a grant from the Czech Republic is also in the pipeline. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in 2024.

PPWSA has recently called on residents to use water sparingly to enable those living on the outskirts to have enough water during the dry season.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Tottenham Hotspur to wear ISF Cambodia logo on jerseys in match against Sheffield United

    Last year, the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) – an NGO providing education to underprivileged children in Cambodia – made global headlines with its “socially distanced” football initiative. This year, a world-class football club – Tottenham Hotspur FC – will wear special edition jerseys to show their support for ISF

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American