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Man-Made Lake in Tbong Khmum Province: A Crucial Water Resource for Over 50,000 Residents

PHNOM PENH, June 3, 2024 – Nestled in the central area of Tbong Khmum province, the expansive man-made lake known as "Ang Ta Van" has become an essential component of the region’s infrastructure, providing a crucial water supply to more than 50,000 local inhabitants. Spanning an impressive 45.4 hectares, this constructed water body is 1,800 meters long and 400 meters wide, and holds an average storage capacity of 3 million cubic meters.

Originally a natural water source, Ang Ta Van was significantly expanded between 2014 and 2016 to enhance its capacity and reliability as a water supply. It now serves as a primary resource for both drinking water and agricultural needs in the area, supplying vital hydration to a water treatment plant situated in Nikom Leu village, Sralop commune, within Tbong Khmum district.

The lake is not only functional but also features an aesthetically designed "beauty pool," which measures 1,000 meters in length and 400 meters in width. This additional water body plays a crucial role during the rainy season; it acts as a spillway, managing excess water from the lake to prevent overflow and potential flooding. This carefully planned overflow system ensures that the lake maintains optimal water levels throughout the year, safeguarding against both drought and flood conditions.

The establishment and maintenance of Ang Ta Van are pivotal in supporting the daily water needs of tens of thousands of residents, as well as the agricultural activities that are central to the local economy. It represents a significant investment in sustainable infrastructure, reflecting the regional government's commitment to securing environmental stability and enhancing the quality of life for its citizens.

The success of the Ang Ta Van lake as a sustainable water resource is also a testament to the region's innovative approach to environmental management. It underscores the potential for similar projects across Cambodia, where water resources are critical to both human and ecological health.

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