The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration yesterday said it has deployed three trucks to transport water to thousands of waterless families in multiple communes in Sihanoukville.
Nongdy Nara, provincial head of public relations, said about 5,000 families in Lek Pi, Lek Bey and Lek Buon communes are facing shortages of clean water due to population growth and construction.
He added that the provincial administration is constructing a new water supply system to provide up to 60,000 cubic metres of clean water for the residents.
“In some areas, people have weak access to water – some can use water, while others cannot – especially people living near construction sites,” he said. “However, the province is solving this problem. We are expanding the new water network and it will be completed by next month.”
Mr Nara added that in the meantime, three water trucks will distribute clean water for those who need it.
He noted that the province needs between 40,000 to 60,000 cubic metres of water per day, while it is only able to supply 30,000 cubic metres of water currently.
Leang Veasna, a Lek Buon commune resident affected by the water shortage, said his area has been lacking clean water for nearly two months.
Mr Veasna said residents have resorted to buying water and using wells, noting that the clean water being distributed by authorities is simply not enough.
“The authorities distribute water, but it’s not enough,” he said. “We have to buy or ask others to fetch water from a well. The most important things for us are water and electricity – it’s very difficult when we do not have them.”
“In the past, there had also been water shortages,” Mr Veasna added. “But those only lasted a few days; it was never like this.”