Officials on Friday inspected clogged water treatment facilities in Preah Sihanouk province following complaints that Sihanoukville’s growing rubbish problem is affecting water services.
Land Management Minister Chea Sophara, chairman of the National Committee for the Management and Development of Coastal Zones, was accompanied by Tourism Minister Thong Khon and Environment Minister Say Samal during the inspection.
On Facebook, the Land Management Ministry said all three officials decided to move forward with the refurbishing of water treatment facilities and a plan to boost rubbish collection in the city.
Mr Sophara said on Friday two vehicles will be provided to the provincial administration in order to clean Preah Sihanouk’s coastal areas to dispose plant matter along the beaches of O’chheuteal, O’tres and Koh Rong.
Mong Reththy, a tycoon and a senator, yesterday said the government has ordered six German-made sets of rubbish trucks and machinery at the cost of about $400,000 for the boost of rubbish collection.
“Two sets of these will be placed in Preah Sihanouk province, while the others are going to be distributed in Kampot and Kep provinces,” Mr Reththy said. “Two of these sets of machinery in Preah Sihanouk are enough. It means that in five years, we won’t have to worry about bringing people to collect rubbish by hand. We can use the machine because the machine can collect rubbish automatically.”
Preah Sihanouk Governor Yun Min declined to comment yesterday.
On Facebook, he said that plant matter and rubbish that end up along coastal areas in his province come from surrounding countries.
Mr Min said that students and ordinary citizens have been working hard to clean up the waste and maintain scenic beauty.
On Saturday, Public Works Minister Sun Chanthol, along with experts from Beijing Urban Construction Group, inspected a water treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province. Their aim was to prepare the facility to be utilised again.
“Experts and officials of the Chinese company have to work together to remove [dirt] from the water treatment facility to increase the capacity of how much this facility can process from Sunday onward,” Mr Chanthol said.