City Hall yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to build a wastewater treatment plant in Dangkor district’s Choeung Ek commune after a year-long feasibility study.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said that both sides had jointly studied the feasibility of the project, including its impact on the environment, before inking the MoU.
He added that the $25-million project will also improve the sewage drainage system in Phnom Penh for wastewater to flow directly to the plant and not into the river.
Mr Sreng said that the funds are being provided by the Japanese government and treated water from the plant would provide clean water supply to the southern part of capital.
“The plant will be able to treat 5,000 cubic metres of wastewater daily and the project will also help reduce water pollution in the northern part of the capital,” he said. “It will be built on 16 hectares of land near Choeung Ek Lake.”
Mr Sreng also thanked the Japanese government for its continued support towards Phnom Penh’s growth.
He added that Japan has provided financial and technical support for several infrastructural development projects in the capital, leading to stronger relations with Cambodia.
Ito Minipei, a JICA representative, said at the signing ceremony that currently the wastewater flows into and pollutes the river, affecting people and animals which use it.
He noted that rehabilitating the river would cost more than the building the plant.
“The feasibility study showed that the plant will be able to treat 5,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day and the project development will benefit both the southern and northern parts of Phnom Penh,” Mr Minipei added.
Last year, the Japan International Cooperation Agency signed an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft for a project to strengthen the administrative capacity of urban water supply services in Cambodia.
In a statement, JICA noted at the time that several water treatment facilities had already been built in Phnom Penh and many provinces such as Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampot, Pursat and Sihanoukville.