Cambodian authorities blame drought for lack of clean water

The situation could improve with the completion of new water facilities by January 2023.

Cambodian authorities are blaming a three-year drought and five years of record low water levels in the Mekong River for water shortages and lack of clean water in Phnom Penh and nearby provinces.

Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) director-general Long Naro said water levels were currently at 2 meters, lower than the normal 3 meters required to pump water into treatment facilities during the dry season ending in May.

“As we all know, we don’t see Cambodians complain about the lack of water during the rainy season, but when the dry season starts in January, we are not able to pump enough water from the river. Only after this period can we pump enough water,” he said at a press briefing.

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