The construction of a water plant in Preah Sihanouk province’s Kbal Chhay area is 90 percent complete and is on track for completion by early next year, a provincial official said yesterday.
The facility will house a water purifier facility and store up to 60,000 cubic metres of water for residents living in Sihanoukville, where residents have been facing a clean water shortage.
Provincial Hall spokesman Or Saroeun yesterday said officials inspected the construction over the weekend.
Mr Saroeun said Anco company has completed about 90 percent of what is required for the facility to operate, noting that only rain could hinder progress.
“Based on the commitment of Anco company, construction can be complete by December,” he said. “One or two weeks later, we will be able to distribute water to people. Overall, by early next year at most people will be able to have clean water.”
He said the plant will store up to 60,000 cubic metres and noted that Sihanoukville needs about 40,000 cubic metres per day.
In addition, Anco company is currently constructing another reservoir that will serve as a backup in case of shortages.
Sihanoukville resident Leang Veasna yesterday said he expects sufficient clean water soon, noting that the current clean water distribution scheme provided by authorities does not provide enough for day-to-day needs.
“We are waiting for the day where there is enough water to use because the water being provided by authorities is not enough,” Mr Veasna said. “Right now I have to buy water from others and fetch water from a well at my relative’s house.”
Since last month, provincial authorities have used three trucks to distribute clean water to about 5,000 families in Sihanoukville due to shortages of clean water.
Provincial authorities have blamed the water shortage on population and construction growth.