Demand for water in capital increases

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A worker pours water in a restaurant. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The general director of the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority yesterday said that the capital is facing a shortage of water as facilities across the city struggle to produce enough to meet rising demands.

Accompanied by the newly-appointed French Ambassador, PPWSA general director Sim Sitha said the city will needs to produce and distribute about 600,000 cubic metres of water per day to all of its 1.5 million residents.

Currently, Phnom Penh is able to produce about 560,000 cubic metres of water per day, he noted during a visit to the Niroth Water Treatment Plant in Chbar Ampov district.

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“We still lack clean water to supply suburbs and we are trying to expand the network,” he said. “Right now, what we do is connect pipes and distribute water by trucks.”​ He added that the lack of clean water is due to a low output from Phnom Penh’s water plants. However, the PPWSA said it is planning to build larger water treatment plants.

He noted that in the past, France helped PPWSA officials with technical and financial assistance, including loans for the construction of pumping stations.

Thou Vireak, a Dangkor district resident, said that people are eagerly waiting for authorities to build water treatment plants in order to meet rising demand for water.

“I want clean water to be able to be accessed as soon as possible because right now we have to buy clean water,” Mr Vireak said. “The water wells aren’t clean so we can’t use it for everything.”

He added that he and about 200 other families in the area currently purchase water.

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