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Choeung Ek wastewater treatment facility proposed

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A water treatment plant. KT/Chor Sokunthea

City Hall yesterday held a meeting with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to discuss the building of a $25 million wastewater treatment facility in Choeung Ek commune.

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng said the Japanese government provided the fund so waste water in the southern part of the capital can be treated before being released into lakes.

“The two sides discussed the construction of the waste water project that’s worth $25 million,” Mr Sreng said. “The project is aided by the Japanese.”

He added that JICA during the meeting discussed land issues for the construction of the facility.

So far, City Hall has decided to construct the wastewater treatment facility’s first dumping station. It has also defined areas in Cheung Ek commune needed for the construction.

Mr Sreng ordered officials at the municipal department of public works and transport, City Hall and the land management department to begin marking borders to kick-start the construction process.

Mr Sreng noted that the project aims to minimise pollution in Choeung Ek lake.

He said that in order for the facility to be constructed, City Hall will need 16 hectares of land.

JICA representative Nishkawa Masahi said the district serves as the optimal choice for the construction of the wastewater treatment facility.

“Boeng Choeung Ek is the best location for this project,” Mr Nishkawa said.

Last month, the Japanese government provided $882,000 to UN-Habitat in Cambodia to promote international cooperation through the support of socio-economic development, recovery and stability of developing regions.

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