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Jica concludes study on Takhmao city water plant

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People enjoy the view of the Mekong near the water treatment plant in Chroy Changvar. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The feasibility study for a Japan-funded water treatment plant in Takhmao city was recently finished, with construction due to begin April next year, the agency in charge of the project revealed.

The plant, to be built with a grant from the Japanese government, will produce 30,000 cubic metres of water per day, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), who drafted the feasibility study, said.

Construction is set to begin in April 2021 and will last until Sept 2023, Jica Deputy Director Shigeyuki Matsumoto told the Cambodian Minister of Industry and Handicrafts Cham Prasidh in a meeting Tuesday.

Mr Matsumoto told Mr Prasidh that, after finishing the feasibility study, Jica is now preparing the documentation needed to request the grant from the Japanese government.

The Japanese official noted that Jica also completed an environmental impact assessment on the project which will be discussed with relevant Cambodian ministries in upcoming months.

“In March 2020, there will be a ceremony to sign the documents needed to disburse the grant. Then, in April 2020, we will prepare the bidding process. Bidding, to be held in Japan, will run from August 2020 to February 2021,” he said.

“On March 2021, we will sign a contract with the company that will build the plant and then construction will begin, lasting from April 2021 to September 2023,” Mr Matsumoto said.

Minister Cham Prasidh welcomed the news and praised Japan for its role in the development of Cambodia through the provision of technical assistance and development aid.

Mr Prasidh said the proposed plan is an important project because the demand for clean water in the city grows every year.

“We call on the Japanese to speed up the process as much as possible because this project will help meet the growing demand for clean water in our country,” he said.

“The plant is important for the government to achieve its goal of granting access to clean and affordable water to every city-dweller by 2025.”

Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) can produce 580,000 cubic metres of clean water per day.

The water treatment facility in Chamkar Mon can produce 20,000 cubic metres per day, while the one in Phum Prek has a capacity of 170,000 cubic metres. The plant in Chroy Changvar district can treat up to 150,000 cubic metres a day whereas the one in Chbar Ampov district can produce up to 260,000 cubic metres per day.

By the end of 2019, PPWSA will be able to produce 612,000 cubic metres of clean water per day, but this is still insufficient to meet daily demand, said PPWSA Director-General Sim Sitha.

“We plan to build three more water treatment plants. They will be located in Bak Khaeng I and II, and in Takhmao,” he said.

Construction of the plant in Bak Khaeng I began in October, he said. The plant will have a capacity of 195,000 cubic metres per day. It is scheduled for completion in 2022. The project will cost more than $200 million.

Work on the Bak Khaeng II plant, which will be able to produce 195,000 cubic metres of clean water per day, will begin in 2022 and end two years later.

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