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Cambodia Clean Water and Toilets

The installation of 12 toilets and 12 water bores in the village of Kok Tnoth in Cambodia

Funded by Rotary Grant

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Clean water and sanitation are basic needs of any community for reasons well known to all Rotarians. Although COVID 19 has severely affected tourism to Siem Reap and in turn has severely affected employment of many members of the village (close to the temples of Angkor Wat) there is hope that tourism will return increase. Poor sanitation severely affects adults to seek employment and tender to their own crops and possibly more importantly affects children limiting their education. All recipients of the toilets and bores are expected to pay a small amount of money as “buy in” and receive training in sanitation and management of the toilets and bores. Twelve families benefitted from new toilets installed adjacent to their houses and over 30 families benefited from access to the 12 water bores that were installed.The sanitation and clean water from this project will provide long term benefits in health, education and employment for the villagers.


International, Water, sanitation, and hygiene

Kok Tnoth Village,
Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia

01 June 2021

27 July 2021

Robert Hines, Central Melbourne | contact



Project Funding

District grant
DG 20-21
Central Melbourne, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club)

Community needs, project impact, and sustainability

Community assessment: How the project team learned about the community’s needs

Rotarians from the District recognised project World of Difference (WOD) which involves several clubs in District 9800 were engaged in the fundraising and planning for this project in conjunction with the International Service Committee of Rotary Central Melbourne. The project was overseen by Darrel Steer, principle of CCWT, a member of the Rotary Melbourne Passport club and of the WOD committee. Since March 2020 villagers who form the team who construct the toilets and dig the wells have been continuing the Project under the supervision of one member who is fluent in English and regularly communicates with Darrel Steer via Facetime.


Project impact: How the project will help the community after the project ends

Once all villagers have toilets and water bores it is planned to continue the Project in nearby villages providing employment for the team involved in the current project. The sanitation training undertaken will provide benefits to the villagers beyond the actual installation of the facilities.


Sustainability: How the benefits of the project will continue afterward

Septic Tank Toilet System Sustainability: The first stage (digestive tank) allows anaerobic bacteria to convert the sewage into gas and water leaving a small percentage of solids that settle as sediment. The gas escapes through the vent pipe and the water flows into the soak-away tank where aerobic bacteria clean the water of any pathogens. The sediment in the first tank should take at least 15 years before needing any attention such as pumping out. Clean Water Bore Sustainability: Clean water from the bore will continue indefinitely. The aquifers are replenished each wet season.



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