USAID Launches US$3 Million Water Supply and Sanitation Services in Cambodia

AKP Phnom Penh, October 13, 2017 —

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday announced a new US$3 million initiative to help build capacity of water supply and sanitation services aiming to improve rural dwellers’ access to pipped water.

The initiative, named WASH-FIN Cambodia project, will be implemented for three years started from October 2017 and private water operators will benefit from the initiative through building capacity, knowledge, and master plan for building water tank, equip pipes to households, said USAID’s project advisor.

“The budget will be used to strengthen capacity of private water operators in rural areas where there is no access to state-run water supplies,” said Mr. Min Mony, USAID’s project officer. “Through the project, water supply operators in targeted areas will be able to have full capacity through training made by USAID over the water supply and sanitation services to rural dwellers.”

Those operators then can ask for loans from banks and MFIs to get financial service to expand their businesses, Mr. Mony added.

WASH-FIN Cambodia’s main objective is to support private water operator access the money they need to expand and to improve water and sanitation access and services. It will provide technical assistance and help to strengthen private water operators in multiple provinces, local financial institutions, and other actors in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector.

It will support the use of credit enhancement such as a USAID Development Credit Authority to further increase opportunities for commercial finance.

“USAID is proud to encourage private sector lending to Cambodia’s WASH’s sector,” said Ms. Polly Dunford, USAID Cambodia Mission Director. “Clean water and hygiene are critical to any community and we are confident that this will support Cambodia’s tremendous economic growth as well as the health of its citizens.”

Cambodia Water Supply Association (CWA) Executive Director Mr. Hor Khykeng said that private water operators will be able to expand their capacity to supply clean water to people widely, because now there are limited number of water service and private water operators in rural areas.

“I believe that under the initiative, private water operators in rural areas will build their capacity in treating water, making the cost of production down, especially they can have access to financial service to expand their operations,” Mr. Khykeng said.

By Chea Vannak

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