Hundreds of villagers in Koh Kong province’s Khemarak Phoumint city are facing a water supply shortage following a drop in the water level at the treatment plant in the city.
Chheng Sovanda, city governor, said yesterday that residents in Smach Meanchey commune’s Bei, Buon, Smach Meanchey and Stung Veng villages are affected by the shortage.
Mr Sovanda said that every year in April the area faces water shortages due to the hot weather, but this year it has hit the commune earlier than anticipated.
“The shortage is temporary because the water level in the company’s plant is low due to the very hot weather,” he said.
“The provincial governor has ordered city authorities to distribute water to villages that are severely affected,” Mr Sovanda added, noting that hotels and residential homes consume the majority of available water supply from the treatment plant.
Kloem Koky, director of the provincial industry and handicraft department, yesterday said that the reason that the villagers do not have enough water supply is due to an increase in the amount of buildings in the area.
“There are now five special economic zones in the city and the population has increased, leading to more demand for water,” he said.
Mr Koky said the government and provincial authorities are building a major reservoir to meet water needs in the city, but construction is not finished yet.
“The dam will be ready in two to three years’ time,” he added.
Mr Koky said the provincial authority is now finding looking into ways to solve the water supply problem, noting that the treatment plant belongs to a company under the LYP Group.
“I request all villagers who are affected by the shortage to please forgive us because we are now seeking a resolution for them,” he said.
Apart from the four badly-hit villages, other villages in the commune are also facing a water supply shortage.
A villager in Muoy village, who declined to be named, said residents have not had sufficient water supply since the end of last month and resorted to buying water from other areas.
“We cannot dig wells in our village because we are living near the sea and there is an aquifer filled with seawater,” he said. “We want the authorities to help solve this problem because we cannot live without water.”