Water Restored After Sihanoukville Dam Collapse

Sihanoukville residents left without water after a dam collapse have seen services resumed
A water pumping machine in Preah Sihanouk province. Kiripost via Preah Sihanouk Adminstration
A water pumping machine in Preah Sihanouk province. Kiripost via Preah Sihanouk Adminstration

Water has been restored to Sihanoukville communities impacted by a collapsed dam.

Preah Sihanouk Officials said that people are now able to use the water after broken pipes were fixed following a dam collapse that caused the scarcity.

The water supply in Sihanoukville was cut off when the dam at Kbal Chhay collapsed on Saturday, leaking more than three million cubic meters of water and damaging a pump head that supplied water to another station. ​

Kuoch Chamroeum, governor of Preah Sihanouk Province, posted on Facebook on Tuesday that one of the three pump motors that fell into the water have already been reassembled and are pumping 16,000 cubic meters of water per day.

“Sihanoukville has enough clean water to utilize after bringing three pump motors when the second dam burst,” Chamroeun said.

Kheang Phearom, Preah Sihanouk provincial spokesman, said that other ministries will question people about the causes of the dam collapse.

"Water supply in Sihanoukville city has been solved, and can be directly delivered to 10 areas which have been affected by the collapse of the dam,” he told Kiripost, adding that private company Anco Water Supply Company has been responsible for the water there.

Phearom said that after the dam and pumping station were repaired, about 76,000 cubic meters of clean water were produced and supplied.

Anco Water Supply Company supplies water in Sihanoukville with a range of 74,000 to 80,000 cubic meters.