The expansion of the Kampot Water Works (KWW), funded by the people of Japan, will officially be officially opened on Tuesday, April 2, by the Prime Minister.
The plant uses Japanese technology to measure and monitor water leakage and water pressure. Work on the expansion project began in 2016 and was financed with $26 million in grant aid through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Ty Kean, director of the KWW, said that the new plant treats water from the Teuk Chhou River and can deliver 7,500 m3 (cubic metres) of potable water per day to Kampot province through the 89 kilometre long pipe network.
“This project will serve an additional 900 families. However, more than 13,000 families live near the KKW and about 67 per cent of them get our water. We hope to supply 93 per cent by 2023.”
Over 2,000 families have applied to purchase KKW water.
The cost of connecting to the KKW network is 400,000 riels (≈$100) is the price for installation and 52,000 (≈$13) as a deposit. Consumption dictates the water price per cubic meter (1000 litres): 0-3 m3 is 1,100 riels per m3, 4-7 m3 is 1,200 riels, 8-15 m3 is 1,300 riels, 16-50 m3 @1,400 riels, and above that the price is 1,500 riels/ m3.
Mr Ty explained that before the project went into operation, Kampot experienced regular water shortages, as the KWW supplied only 6,000 m3 of water a day, but the additional capacity of the new plant will help alleviate, but not eliminate, the problem.