Phnom Penh expands drinking water production with $23m investment
The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority has awarded a US$23.5 million contract to French company Vinci Construction Grands Projects to upgrade the Chamkarmon water treatment plant...
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodian water utility Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) has awarded a US$23.5 million contract to French company Vinci Construction Grands Projects to upgrade the Chamkarmon water treatment plant.
As part of the work, water production capacity will be expanded from 20,000 m3/day to 52,000 m3/day.
Expected to start construction next month, this is the second contract PPWSA has awarded to the French company, after the second phase of the Niroth 2 water treatment plant in 2014.
This $40 million project was part of the city’s 2005-2020 Master Plan, which included a water-intake system in the Mekong River.
Ros Kimleang, head of PPWSA’s finance department was quoted by the Phnom Penh Post as saying that existing treatment capacity is nearly at full capacity and that “the Chamkarmon Water Treatment Plan will become a significant part of our company’s production of water to supply to our customers.”
The utility currently has the capacity to produce 600,000 m3/day of drinking water but plans to more than double this by 2025.
PPWSA is often credited for its remarkable transformation. Following decades of conflict, the city was left with a weakened supply system. After refurbishing the network over a period of 15 years, the utility was able to provide all households with clean drinking water in 1998, with water losses reduced from 72 percent in 1993 to 6 percent 2008.
As well as Cambodia, Vinci Construction has secured water projects in France, Cameroon, Jamaica, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.