Background & Current State

Water Well & Sanitation

Nearly half the population of Cambodia does not have access to safe water and basic sanitation, a U.N. agency said Friday ahead of World Water Day, calling on the authorities to give greater attention to improving rural water supply in the impoverished country.

Some 6.3 million out of 14.9 million Cambodians are unable to access clean drinking water, most of them poor and living in rural areas, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said in a statement marking the Saturday event.

Improving the quality of rural water would help accelerate Cambodia’s social and economic development, it said, urging authorities to make greater commitments and investments to tackling the issue.

“Attention to rural water supply, sanitation, and hygiene will unquestionably deliver results—less child deaths, better learning at school, less disease, more productive workers, less health costs for the people and the system,” UNICEF’s

At the moment the Cambodian Government still cannot afford to provide piped water to the whole country. Such provision can only be found in big cities, where the funding comes from other countries. Japan for instance provides water for some residents in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

The Cambodia Well Fund is implemented to accommodate the need for water for the villagers. Insya 'Allah, such contribution will bring huge rewards from Allah S.W.T.