After three years, a Japanese-funded water treatment facility in Kampot province is set to begin operations after being expanded through a grant worth $26 million.
The grant for the expansion was given by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency to expand the Kampot Water Works treatment plant via 88.9 kilometres of network pipes.
KWW director Ty Kean said the project began in 2016 and concluded in August last year, adding that the plant will go online tomorrow.
“The project’s water treatment facility is capable of supplying 7,500 cubic metre per day and the raw water facility can hold up to 8,250 cubic metre per day,” Mr Kean said. “There is an expansion of 88.9 kilometres of network pipes.”
He noted that KWW is targeting to provide water to thousands of people living around its area.
“There are more than 13,135 families living near the Kampot Water Works,” Mr Kean said. “After this project is complete, we will have covered 8,814 families, or about 67 percent. We hope that by 2023, we can supply water to 93 percent of people living around KWW.”
“So far, more than 2,000 families have submitted an application to purchase water,” he added. “We provide services to five districts in Kampot city and six communes in Toek Chhou.”
Mr Kean noted that before the construction of the KWW, Kampot experienced shortages of water.
“With the new expansion and our old water treatment facility combined, we can have up to 13,000 cubic metres per day,” he said. “The demand for water is only for 7,500 cubic metres per day.”
According to KWW, the plant uses Japanese technology to monitor and measure water supply from the Toek Chhou river.
Mr Ty said to access its services, residents will need to pay about $100, with a deposit of about $13.