Agriculture - Water

Rural villages in Cambodia often have limited infrastructure and resources to adapt to frequent droughts and flooding.HelpAge supports local interventions that provide sustainable,low-cost and safe drinking water for older people and their households.

Dry season occurs from November to April with an average rainfall of 34 millimeters per month which can lead to severe water shortages in communities. In rural villages it is common for the main household water supply to be sourced from manually collected rainwater with little access to running water. Villagers are highly dependent on rainwater catchments for their water consumption.

Ceramic purifying filters

In 2013, HelpAge supported 525 community members across 5 villages in Aek Phnum district in Battambang by providing portable ceramic water purifying filters. The household members received training for maintenance and use of the filters. During severe flooding in October 2013, the filters were placed in a high position above the flood waters level so that households could still access safe and clean drinking water.

Water tanks

In flood-prone Aek Phnum district in Battambang, HelpAge provided seven poor households with cement water tanks that hold enough water for a household of eight members to use over four months. The water tank devices were built with strong materials on high ground and remained undamaged and contamination-free during the recent floods in 2013.

Ponds

From 2012, HelpAge has also supported the renovation of eight large public water ponds across Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces. The water ponds hold mass rainwater catchments during wet season (May to October) to supply water to local villagers. Each Older People’s Association manages and maintains the pond’s condition and safe use. Some OPAs have raised funds within their village to build steps and a platform to access the water, and a fence to keep animals away from the pond.

“Now that we have the pond, we have easy access to clean water every day.The older people take shorter time to collect water.The children are going to school regularly and the villagers are saving money because all of the villagers can take water from the local pond. We will be healthier,”

Vorn, 56 years