Water connects every aspect of life. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – unlocking education, work opportunities, and improved health for women, children and families across the world.
We can change this. Let’s work together to make the power of water available to all.

  • At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is focally contaminated
  • Between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of the global population using an improved drinking water source has increased from 76 per cent to 91 per cent.
  • But water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and is projected to rise. Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge
  • 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines
  • More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal
  • Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases
  •  Hydro-power is the most important and widely-used renewable source of energy and as of 2011, represented 16 per cent of total electricity production worldwide
  • Approximately 70 per cent of all water abstracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation
  •  Floods and other water-related disasters account for 70 per cent of all deaths related to natural disasters
    In Cambodia, access to piped water supply is among the lowest in Southeast Asia, estimated at 21% in 2015. A mere 7% of rural households have direct connections to piped water, with even lower access to improved sanitation (42%). While piped water access rates are higher in urban area (75%) they are largely due to the high-performing Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA), which delivers piped water to almost the entire city.

Providing the sustainable, safe, affordable and convenience water for all.
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

The challenges

In 2014, the government set ambitious targets for universal access to water and sanitation by the year 2025, requiring an unprecedented mobilization of funding estimated at $212 million annually.1

Public water utilities only serve 13 provincial towns, while the remaining 12 provincial towns, small towns and rural areas are partially served by private water operators (PWOs). These PWOs are mainly family-owned, small-to-medium sized businesses that face significant problems in financing operations and expansion of services to under-served or new areas. Almost all PWOs (93%) are planning expansion of water supply operations.2 Development partners’ prior initiatives have provided access to finance for 17 PWOs.