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Japan funds wastewater treatment plant in capital

Mom Kunthear / Khmer Times Share:
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A boy fishes for rubbish in a Phnom Penh canal. KT/Mai Vireak

The kingdom’s first wastewater treatment plant will be built in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, with $27 million in assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Sam Piseth, director of the municipal department of public works and transport, told reporters on Saturday that the treatment plant would be built with support from JICA.

“We have a project with assistance from JICA to build a wastewater treatment plant in Cheung Ek commune. We have about $27 million in the first step,” he said.

Mr Piseth said construction on the plant would not begin until 2019 because of legal issues involved.

He also said City Hall added nearly 100 kilometres to the city’s drainage system in 2017 and he expects at least 900km of the drainage system to be overhauled this year.

Mr Piseth said most areas in Phnom Penh would not flood like they have in the past.

“I want to appeal to all people to protect the drainage system in order to reduce flooding which impacts your health,” he said.

Mr Piseth said a wastewater treatment station was necessary to clean up the water before it drained into rivers and lakes.

JICA representative Nishkawa Masashi said work on the drainage system was just one of the many projects the organisation has been involved with in Cambodia.

“We really need clean water in our daily lives, and we also need to protect the drainage system,” he said.

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