Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority Wins Stockholm Industry Water Award 2010

By Stockholm International Water Institute, PRNE
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

STOCKHOLM, June 2, 2010 - In recognition of its world class performance in water supply and
self-sufficiency, the Cambodian Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA)
under the leadership of General Director Ek Sonn Chan has been named the
winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award 2010.

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Decades of conflict left the Phnom Penh water supply system running low
until 1993, when Mr. Ek Sonn Chan was appointed as General Director of the
PPWSA. Together with his team, he managed to refurbish the whole supply
system, introduce cost-effective billing and payment collection methods, as
well as world class management to provide water to almost all of the city's

"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. The PPWSA will receive the award during the World Water Week in
Stockholm 2010, September 5-11.

Accepting the award on behalf of PPWSA, Mr. Ek Sonn Chan said the award
puts his organisation in the same league as other world class water industry
organisations, reinforcing their drive towards achieving future objectives.
"My team is encouraged by this prestigious award to carry on our mission to
increase our collection efficiency, improve water regulation, and provide
water continuously for a price affordable by our society through good
management and cost-recovery practices and despite increases in electricity
and other costs," he said.

About the Stockholm Industry Water Award

The Stockholm Industry Water Award recognises the business sector's
contribution to sustainable water management, by minimising water consumption
and environmental impact. It is given to any sector of business and industry.
The Award was established in 2000 by the Stockholm Water Foundation in
collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development. It is administered by
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

SIWI - Independent, Leading-Edge Water Competence for Future-Oriented

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute
that contributes to international efforts to combat the world's escalating
water crisis. SIWI develops and promotes future-oriented and
knowledge-integrated policies, towards sustainable use of the world's water
resources leading to sustainable development and poverty eradication.

For more information contact: Britt-Louise Andersson, SIWI, +46-8-522-139-72,
britt-louise.andersson at Per-Arne Malmqvist, SIWI, +46-70-645-72-59,
per-arne.malmqvist at

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