Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged relevant authorities to have water pipes connected from Thailand’s Trat province to supply water to Koh Kong province as it faces water shortages.
Speaking to thousands of garment workers in Koh Kong province today, Mr Hun Sen said that Koh Kong is facing water shortage due to lack of water sources.
“Koh Kong is running out of drinking water. This is our concerns,” he said, noting that tycoon Ly Yong Phat has a water reservoir in the province to supply to the people but it is not sufficient.
“Now water might be enough for one month but today I receive information that we have already connected pipes from Thailand’s Trat province because they agree to supply us water, so we have to have water pipes connected to Koh Kong,” he said.
Chan Youttha, water resources ministry spokesman, last month said provincial water department officials are going from commune to commune in order to monitor the situation.
“We need time to study the problem and study the feasibility of building a reservoir,” he said. “However, it depends on our budget because we have to prioritise critical areas.”
Mr Youttha said the provinces of Battambang, Koh Kong, Prey Veng, Kampong Thom, Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear are expected to be hit by droughts.