Gov’t to im­prove wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Soth Koem­souen

THE Of­fice of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters (OCM) has ap­proved plans to im­prove and add ca­pac­ity to wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties in coastal and con­struc­tion ar­eas, sewage sys­tems and mud dry­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Si­hanoukville af­ter they were in­spected and as­sessed by gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

The state­ment of ap­proval was signed by OCM sec­re­tary of state Ch­hit Sokhon on Novem­ber 8. It in­cludes the im­prove­ment of a wa­ter treat­ment and mud dry­ing fa­cil­ity in Si­hanoukville cov­er­ing an area of more than 16ha.

In or­der to in­crease daily wa­ter pro­cess­ing from 5,700 cu­bic me­tres to 25,000 cu­bic me­tres, the gov­ern­ment needs to in­stall an ad­di­tional mech­a­nised sys­tem. The Min­istry of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port will ex­e­cute the plan which will take three to five months to com­plete.

The Na­tional Com­mit­tee for the Man­age­ment and De­vel­op­ment of the Coastal Zone (NCMD), the min­istry, and Preah Si­hanouk pro­vin­cial author­i­ties will in­stall wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties at In­de­pen­dence beach, O’Sa­mat, Sokha beach and Och­heuteal and trans­fer all waste­water in those ar­eas to wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, pre­vent­ing dirty wa­ter flow­ing into the sea.

The state­ment said the con­struc­tion sites must be sur­rounded by fences 80cm high to pre­vent solid and liq­uid waste es­cap­ing onto roads, beaches, lakes and pub­lic ar­eas, thus help­ing to en­sure pub­lic safety, so­cial or­der, clean­li­ness and en­vi­ron­men­tal health.

Prea h Si ha nou k prov i ncia l ha l l spokesper­son a nd d i rec tor of t he province’s depart­ment of in­for­ma­tion Or Saroeun told The Post on Mon­day t hat he ap­plauded t he gover nment de­ci­sion be­cause the prov ince’s sewage sys­tem is ver y small and bro­ken in some ar­eas.

When it rains, wa­ter flows from the hill­sides, while peo­ple throw waste in pub­lic ar­eas. This ends up block­ing the city’s drains and pol­lut­ing Si­hanoukville.

“We al­ready have wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, but they do not meet the city’s re­quire­ments. In the past, this was ad­e­quate but due to pop­u­la­tion in­crease, it is not enough. We need to ex­pand the fa­cil­i­ties’ ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Min­istry spokesman Vasim So­rya told The Post on Mon­day: “Clearly, this state­ment will lead to in­creased ef­fi­ciency be­cause the is­sues are in­ter­min­is­te­rial.

“For ex­am­ple, the Min­istr y of En­vi­ron­ment has its own plans and strate­gies, t he Min­ist r y of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port have t heir strate­gies, whi le prov i ncia l aut hor it ies have t heir ow n mech­a­nisms to in­crease ef f iciency.”


The au­di­ence at Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre waits for a speech by Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen as part of the Day of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in 2013.

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