Backgrounder: Clean water in Cambodia

By Frances Micklow

  • 884 million people world wide lack access to safe water supplies. That is approximately one in every eight people. 
  • One tenth of the global disease burden is preventable by achievable improvements in the way we manage water.
  • 35 percent of the Cambodian population does not have access to improved water sources. Cambodia ranks 120 out of all countries with this percentage.
  • There are an estimated 21,000 deaths a year in Cambodia caused by water, sanitation, and hygiene related issues 
  • Journeys With in Our Community identifies and works with whole communities and villages to make sure that every person and every household has access to supplies of clean water. Since starting the Clean Water Project in 2006, JWOC has installed over 300 wells in the Siem Reap area.

Sources: JWOC Clean Water Project website; WHO/UNICEF Report for Water Sanitation; World Health Organization Report: Safer Water, Better Health; Human Development Report 2009 by the United Nations Development Programme

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