The water treatment plant in Chamkar Mon will come online next year, with construction work to expand the facility expected to end November 2019, according to the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft.
The expansion of the plant will cost more than $15 million, which will be financed through a joint investment fund set up by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA).
The project, which began in October, is being undertaken by two French companies, Vinci Construction and SAFEGE.
The expansion of the plant focuses on increasing its production capacity to 52,000 cubic metres of clean water per day. The water treated is pumped from the Bassac River.
Industry and Handicraft Minister Cham Prasidh, who visited the plant on Tuesday, said about 30 percent of the project has been completed.
“We expect construction work to be completed as originally planned,” Mr Prasidh said.
“Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority must endeavour to continue to expand its capacity to supply clean water to the citizens of Phnom Penh, as the city is expanding rapidly and its population needs a reliable source of drinking water.”
Besides the plant in Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh has three other water treatment facilities. The water treatment plant in Phum Prek can produce up to 150,000 cubic metres of clean water per day, while the one in Chroy Changva district can treat 130,000 cubic metres. Niroth Water Treatment Plant, in Chbar Ampov district, has a capacity of 260,000 cubic metres per day.