Industry Minister Cham Prasidh said yesterday that residents in Preah Sihanouk province can expect a steady supply of water in the province within the next week.
The statement came after years of water supply problems in the province where residents faced water shortages.
Mr Prasidh made the comment during an official visit to the Kbal Chhay Preservation Lake, which was designated as the province’s main source of water, and where a dam is being constructed.
He said that Anco, a private investment company expanding its operations in the province, will increase water supply coverage within the province.
“Within the next week, residents of Preah Sihanouk province will no longer have water shortage concerns,” he said. “Anco will increase its ability to produce water by installing new pipes that will provide 60,000 cubic metres of water per day.”
According to an Industry Ministry report, Anco started operating the water supply in Kbal Chhay Preservation Lake in 2015.
The report stated that Anco is to supply up to 95 percent of the province’s water, while the remaining five percent will be produced by the provincial water supply authority.
The company said that it will expand its investment value to $30 million to supply water to the whole province by 2023.
“Anco and Preah Sihanouk provincial water authorities need to cooperate to solve the leakage of water pipes and other water disruptions,” Mr Prasith added. “Water operators must equip high-standard laboratory equipment to regularly check-up on the condition of our water.”
Preah Sihanouk Governor Yun Min could not be reached for comment.
However, he wrote on his Facebook page that he acknowledged frequent water supply disruptions and pleaded to the public for their understanding while Anco expands their operations.