Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, presided over this morning the inauguration ceremony of Niroth Water Supply Treatment Plant-Phase I, located in Sangkat Niroth, Meanchey district, Phnom Penh.
The ceremony was also attended by H.E. Kumamaru Yuji, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia, and H.E. Serge Mostura, Ambassador of France to Cambodia.
On the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen thanked the governments of Japan and France for their development assistance to Cambodia without waiting for the result of the upcoming national election.
This reveals both countries’ confidence that there will be no political instability in Cambodia, stressed the Cambodian premier, adding that Japan and France, the powerful economic and democratic countries, strongly believe that their assistance will have no problem at all after Cambodia’s national election in July.
The aid will be used in the right target without making the two countries feel disappointed, Samdech Techo Hun Sen affirmed.
The construction of Niroth Water Supply Treatment Plant-Phase I, which began in August 2010 and completed in June 2013, cost some US$90.4 million. It was co-financed by Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) (US$29.8 million), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s loan of US$40.6 million and French Agency for Development (AFD)’s loan of about US$20 million.
According to H.E. Suy Sem, Minister of Industry, Mine and Energy, there are currently three water supply treatment plants inPhnom Penh – Chhroy Changvar Water Treatment Plant (WTP), Chamcar Mon WTP, Phoum Prek WTP- operating over its production capacity to supply safe and clean water for 1.23 million people.
Once Niroth Water Supply Treatment Plant has fully operated, the PPWSA’s production capacity will increase from 336,000 to 466,000 cubic meters a day and some 1.7 million people will have access to safe and clean water by the end of this year, added the minister.
Cambodia has set that 80 percent of people in cities and provinces will get safe and clean water service by 2015, up from 68 percent currently.
Since 1993, safe and clean water service has been expanded from 20 percent to 85 percent in Phnom Penh.