A colleague and I travelled to a village in Kampot province, about two hours south of Phnom Penh to discuss water supply solutions with the commune council. We are submitting proposals for more funding and this area has registered interest in improving their water supply.
Currently the seven hundred households use nearby ponds or shallow wells as their main water supply. RWC discussed with the commune council what are the main infrastructure priorities for the village, and clean water was very high on the list, with villages willing to contribute land and some money towards water supply systems.
There is considerable ground water in this area so we took several samples from several wells and had them tested for coliform contamination, arsenic, iron and also nitrates and manganese..several emerging threats to water quality in Cambodia. The villages have expressed a desire for a piped water supply with taps in or near houses, so RWC intends to implement a solar pump, water tower and pipeline pilot system for some of the reisdents in the commune with the possibility to scale up the project to the whole commune if succesful. Water, sanitation and hygiene education will run alongside the project to further improve the health of the villagers in this commune.