Bakheng Water Treatment Facility Construction Set Next Week

A water treatment facility construction project in Bakheng, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, will break ground later this month, with the capacity of supplying 195,000 cubic metres of drinking water per day.

The facility is designed and built by Vinci Construction Grands Projects.

With an estimated cost of US$190 million, the construction project is co-financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), European Investment Bank, and Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA).

In the first stage, US$155 million will be used for building facility and pipelines and in the second phase, another US$45 million will be invested to double capacity of the Bakheng Water Treatment Facility to 390,000 cubic metres per day.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Jan. 27 under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, according to PPWSA.

The facility will be constructed on over 15 hectares of land area, said H.E. Um Sotha, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The first phase of the project, with the production capacity 195,000 cubic metres of drinking water per day, will complete in late 2022, while the second phase with 390,000 cubic metre daily production capacity will finish in 2023.

“The Bakheng water treatment plant is the biggest facility of its kind in Phnom Penh and once the construction completed, we are able to supply about 1 million cubic metres of water per day in the capital city,” H.E. Um Sotha said.

Currently, there are four water treatment plants in Phnom Penh, producing 650,000 cubic metres per day, according to PPWSA.