The Siem Reap Water Supply Authority (SRWSA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of clean water and sanitation service to prevent Covid-19 project under the technical assistance of Japan.
The project aims to enhance Covid-19 prevention measures by expanding safe and sustainable water supply services. It also aims to enhance sanitation and hygiene practices.
To achieve these objectives, the project will provide the necessary materials such as chlorine gas and lime to ensure that drinking water is up to the national standard. In addition, the project also provides water clocks, water pipes, and connection equipment, as well as other equipment’s to the SRWSA to expand water services to areas where there is no water pipe lines, such as Sangkat Slor Kram and Sala Kamroeuk, Siem Reap. Aside from the materials for water sanitation and access to clean water, the project will also raise awareness among the residents of Siem Reap on the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene to prevent Covid-19.
The project is part of the emergency support from the Japanese Government in response to the official request of the Cambodian Government. The project will be completed by the end of July 2022, and it is expected that more than 90,000 people living in the area covered by the project and under the jurisdiction of the SRWSA will benefit from the endeavour. This support also extends toward supporting the SRWSA’s operations which are facing difficulties due to the pandemic.
The JICA have assisted Cambodia on multiple occasions in the field of water sanitation and sanitation services, and is an important development partner. In addition, many water treatment plants in the provinces in the country have been built with aid from Japan.