Cambodian water authority wins Stockholm Industry Water Award

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Cambodia's Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) won the Stockholm Industry Water Award 2010 for its world class performance in water supply and self- sufficiency, according to a statement issued by Stockholm International Water Institute on Wednesday.

"The PPWSA has successfully fought corruption and shown this can be achieved in a developing country on a large-scale basis using simple but effective management techniques that are based on well-accepted business principles and strategies," said the International Award Jury in its citation.

"As a self-sufficient company, operating without subsidies from the state, PPWSA today provides 24-hour service and 90 percent coverage to a city of 1.3 million and fully recovers its costs as it continues to develop both its infrastructure and management," the jury said.

Phnom Penh suffered from low water supply running system due to decades of conflicts.

But under the leadership of Mr. Ek Sonn Chan since 1993, the whole supply system was refurbished with effective billing and payment collection methods, as well as world class management to provide water to almost all of the city's residents, the statement said.

By 2008, its customer base had increased nine folds which lead to higher profitability. Water losses due to leakages in pipes and pumps declined from 72 percent in 1993 to 6 percent by 2008, which is very low in an international comparison, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the bill collection ratio reached over 98 percent - which improved the PPWSA's costs-recovery. It stands as a role model for those committed to improving their business practices and increasing their level of service to customer, according to the Jury.

Stockholm Industry Water Award recognizes the business sector's contribution to sustainable water management, by minimizing water consumption and environmental impact.

Source: Xinhua


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