Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophorn yesterday promised to provide clean and safe water access for all by 2023. Currently, around 81 percent of households in the province have access.
Speaking during a press conference held at the Council of Ministers, Mr Sophorn said people across 750 villages in the province are now enjoying access to an improved water source.
“Clean water has been made available for up to 106,000 families,” he said, noting the supply is mainly provided by private enterprises.
Following the provincial development plan scheme, clean water distribution in Kandal is expected to expand in the next three years. The government, he said, is working to provide clean water for all.
“We won’t let anyone live without clean water. By 2023, everyone will have access to clean water,” he said.
Kandal Stung district governor Tri Leng told Khmer Times the residents have been enjoying access to clean water for the past three years.
“We have sufficient clean water for everyday use. Although the water is provided by a private company, the price is still affordable and we have never encountered any problems, such as insufficient water supply or waterborne diseases,” he said.
According to the National Action Plan, the government aims to provide access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for every Cambodian by 2025.
WaterAid Cambodia estimates that approximately 3.4 million people in Cambodia do not have access to clean water. Meanwhile, a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund showed that despite the continued progress in the construction of water-related infrastructure in the Kingdom, such infrastructures still fall short in meeting the country’s WASH targets.
Waste pollution, the report said, remains one of the biggest challenges that deprive people of clean water and puts families and children at risk.
“One in three Cambodians uses water from a non-improved drinking source, which means they do not hygienically separate human waste from human contact,” it noted.
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