The Mondulkiri provincial environment department has installed water harvesting devices to address a shortage in Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary.
Keo Sopheak, department director, yesterday said that the sanctuary, which is rich in natural resources and biodiversity, is facing a water shortage due to the current hot and dry spell.
He said that they have installed two water harvesting devices to tap and condense dew to supply water for rangers and residents in the sanctuary.
“This equipment can absorb about 20 liters a day from the atmosphere for park rangers to use there,” Mr Sopheak noted.
He said that the equipment was sponsored by WWF in a pilot project to tap water from the atmosphere.
Mr Sopheak said that the department is also collaborating with WWF to transport water from other parts of the province to fill dried-up wildlife watering holes in the forest sanctuary.
“We have installed the equipment for park rangers to get water and we are also preparing to transport water to refill the dried up watering holes for the animals to drink,” he said.
Neth Pheaktra, Environment Ministry spokesman, yesterday said the project in Mondulkiri province is a test case.
“Experts are testing the equipment to see how much water can be tapped in the hot and dry conditions,” he noted.
Mr Pheaktra added that if the hot and dry spell persists, the project will be expanded to other areas.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology recently announced that the Kingdom will continue to transit from a dry season to a rainy spell.
It said that from yesterday until Sunday there will be low to moderate levels of rainfall with some locations experiencing thunderstorms.
“Please be wary of thunder, lightning and storms during the dry season,” the ministry said.
It added that temperatures will be between 34 degrees Celsius and 37 degrees Celsius, adding that the rainy season will start in the third week of this month.