Solar-powered pumps bring water into rural homes in Cambodia

UNDP Cambodia Press Room
Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Kratie – Clean water is a commodity often hard to come by for Cambodians living in the countryside. For the most part, running water is simply unheard of.

That is beginning to change now for many villagers in Kratie province, about 315 kilometers northeast of the capital Phnom Penh. Pumping systems powered by solar energy channel clean water straight into people’s homes that are not even connected to the main power grid.

“My house was the first to get the running water,” Chhae Sokhaeng, a 37-year-old woman, said with a chuckle while washing vegetable to fix lunch. Turning off the faucet to halt the water, she added “it is just so convenient and saves a lot of time.”

Her family is one of the 150 households – or around 1,000 people – in the province’s Bos Leav commune that are now receiving, for the first time, clean water for cooking, drinking and washing. Such convenience can  help spare women like Chhae Sokhaeng the trouble of fetching water to spend more time on farming activities instead. 

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