After Prime Minister’s call, government agencies’ water consumption drops

The amount of water consumed in government institutions decreased by 7.4% or nearly 70 cubic meters per line per month to more than 855 cubic meters from around 924 cubic meters in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year after Prime Minister Hun Sen called for savings in water consumption, according to the senior official of the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA).

Even though the amount of water consumed in government facilities has decreased, the number of institutional consumers has increased by about 15 percent or 117 connections to 902 from 785 during the second quarter of this year compared to the same period of last year, the official said.

Oum Sotha, Chairman of the Board of PPSWA, said Khmer time yesterday that Mr. Hun Sen’s call to save electricity consumption does not mean not saving water consumption, especially in government buildings which must take action to follow up on his call, which will lead to a decrease in water consumption in these facilities during the second quarter of this year.

“What Samdech said does not mean that we only save electricity consumption, but we also need to save water consumption and put strategies in place to check where the water loss such as pipe leak points and the neck of the pipe under the sinks we use to wash our hands and dishes, which is why we’ve seen a drop in water usage during this time,” Sotha said.

Sotha added that reducing water consumption in government buildings also contributes to a more efficient allocation of the national budget, including the use of equipment and tools which must be done in the right way, even if some of them have been renovated and expanded to have more stories. , while some institutions have built new facilities.

Sotha, who is also the state secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI), said the monopoly water supplier in Phnom Penh and surrounding areas has also accelerated the construction of additional water treatment plants in Bakheng, the first project with a capacity of 195,000 cubic meters per day each.

PPWSA’s profit rebounded strongly by 65.32% to around $6.78 million, from around $4.1 million in the April-June period this year compared to the same period of the year last after falling slightly 1.56% to around $7.5 million in the first quarter. this year compared to the corresponding period last year, according to the public company’s quarterly report released on Monday.

The after-tax profit generated by PPWSA during the period January-March 2022 increased by $7.6 million compared to the corresponding period last year. This was attributed to its total revenue falling 2.71% to around $20 million due to the 45.23% revenue drop in construction services revenue, according to the first-quarter report.

PPWSA has managed these expenses, especially the cost of electricity consumption which is huge and important in the water treatment process, through the introduction of new technologies such as variable speed delivery pumps. Publicly listed PPWSA has managed the efficient and economical use of raw materials in water treatment.

The report pointed out that for operating expenses, PPWSA has endeavored to reduce unimportant expenses such as general administration and maintenance by regularly checking and maintaining general tools and operating materials to ensure the quality and reduce other expenses, while increasing
its customers, extending its service coverage to unserved areas by supplementing its coverage with distribution networks.

It indicates that in the third quarter of 2022, PPWSA plans to produce 58,860,836 m3 of drinking water, extend 70,570 m of additional distribution network and general total revenues of nearly $20 million with total expenses of approximately $13.36 million, as approved by the Board and the two line ministries—MISTI and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

  • Key words: PPWSA, water consumption

Ashley C. Reynolds