Phnom Penh, Cambodia — (METERING.COM) — June 4, 2010 – The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) under the leadership of general director Ek Sonn Chan has been recognized for its world class performance in water supply and self-sufficiency.
Named the winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award 2010, the company has achieved world class management under Ek Sonn Chan.
Historically, Phnom Penh thrived by the rivers of Tonle Sap and the Mekong. However, decades of conflicts left the water supply system running low until the 1990s. In 1993 Ek Sonn Chan was appointed as general director of the PPWSA and subsequently the company has managed to refurbish the whole supply system and introduce cost effective billing and payment collection methods, enabling water to be provided to almost all of the city’s residents.
Among the indicators water losses due to leakages in pipes and pumps has declined from 72 percent in 1993 to 6 percent by 2008, while the bill collection ratio has reached over 98 percent.
“We will continue to work to provide water continuously for a price affordable by our society through good management and cost recovery practices and despite increases in electricity and other costs,” said Ek Sonn Chan, adding that the road ahead is full of ambition.
“Our future goals pave a challenging road ahead, as we aim to expand water provision at the same rates and standards to Phnom Penh’s suburban areas and surrounding regions. We’re working on reducing water loss to 4 percent by 2020, which would place us in the same league as Singapore and Tokyo. We will continue to improve the efficiency of our staff and revision practices as we work towards providing water at a cheaper price.”
The Stockholm International Water Award recognizes the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management and is presented during World Water Week in September.