A new water treatment system, donated to local authorities by Malaysian firms, will enhance the quality of drinking water in the riverine city of Kep.
The new equipment, given as a donation by Watermech Technologies Co., Ltd and Isza Water Utilities Co., Ltd, was launched recently in a ceremony presided over by Minister of Industry Cham Prasidh.
Mr Prasidh said the new installation can process up to five cubic metres of water per hour.
It is located in Chamkar Bei Village in Damnak Chang’aeur District, and will also supply the neighbouring villages of Chamkar Chek and Antong Sor.
Installation of the system will cost authorities nearly $32,000.
“The supply of safe water to the people is one of the government’s priorities as we seek to improve living conditions across the country,” the minister said.
He explained that purifying water using a disinfecting system costs around $0.25 per every half litre.
“However, with the new system, people will pay only 100 riel for 30 litres, which is much cheaper,” Mr Prasidh said.
“This small water treatment system is very important for people living in this commune. It contributes to our goal of expanding access to safe water across the country, and improving sanitation and hygiene,” he said.