Kampot: A new water treatment plant costing more than US $ 26 million, with the assistance of the Japanese government, will be officially launched on April 2, 2019.
The Kampot Water Supply Expansion Project is located in Ou Po Village, Kampong Bay Commune, Kampot City, Kampot Province.
On the afternoon of March 28, 2019, Mr. Tieng, head of Kampot Water Authority, told reporters on the Official Development Assistance Project (ODA) Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will preside over a grand opening ceremony on April 2, 2019.
The National Strategic Development Plan 2014-2018 states that Cambodians will all get access to clean water 100% by 2025.
Kampot Water Authority has faced many challenges, including the ability to produce clean water, high rates of water loss, poor water quality due to old equipment, all of which required improvement of the water supply.
“With the expansion of this water supply system, new water production will make better water and improve the living environment of Kampot people.”
Mr. Tieng also said that the project to expand the water supply system was thanks to a grant from the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The $ 26 million project has been studied since 2012 and began construction in 2015.
The clean water production plant will provide 7500 cubic meters per day, and a new pumping station will expand the supply network around 88.9 km in the area of Kampot.
According to JICA, the results of this project will increase access to clean water in Kampot from 47% in 2013 (pre-project) to 67% soon, rising to 92% by 2021.
As of 2021, the number of people who get access to clean water in Kampot city will increase From 23,657 people (pre-project) to 55,874 people when future work is completed in 2021.
Public health and personal hygiene will be improved by changing habits from rainwater and well water to a clean water supply.