In Siem Reap, only 16% of the population is connected to the drinking-water network, the majority of which is supplied through unregulated private boreholes that have a significant impact on the level of the water table. The withdrawal of water through these boreholes could eventually lower the water table, posing a risk of ground movement that could compromise the stability of the temples of Angkor, located close to the city. It is therefore necessary to replace unregulated private boreholes with a publicly-controlled surface water supply.
The project contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of the population of Siem Reap and to the preservation of the environment and water resources. The goals are as follows: to improve and develop the population’s water supply through the construction of new infrastructure, and to contribute to the sustainable and efficient management of the water service by strengthening the independence and the technical and financial capacities of SRWSA, the local water authority.