Phnom Penh authorities will purchase 18 drainage trucks to pump waste water to reduce flooding in the capital.
During the meeting, Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng said that the trucks will be used to pump overflowing sewage systems. He didn’t disclose the amount of money.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey told Khmer Times today that the detailed information on purchase of the drainage trucks will be updated.
Phnom Penh has experienced the fastest urbanisation with its area increasing from 300 to 692.46 square kilometres. It has a 1.47 million population or 305,767 households while wastewater has been one of the common problems.
Suon Sanary, a Phnom Penh resident, said clogged drainages are common, especially in the rainy season.
“We feel very upset for what happened last year because some parts of our city experienced serious flooding and clogged drainages”, he said.
Meas Pheakdey said drainage systems have been improved and expanded up to about 900 kilometres.
Wastewater released from households in Phnom Penh contained 234 tonnes of feces, 2,335 m3 of urine and 8,154 m3 of grey water per day, according to a 2019 brief report by Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia. Moreover, wastewater discharged from 3,000 small enterprises amounts to more than 1 million m3 daily, it said.
There are 14 pumping stations in Phnom Penh’s 732 kilometre drainage system and 44,807 converted-holds in Phnom Penh for wastewater management, it added.