Closing financing gaps to achieve universal access to water supply through improved creditworthiness of private water operators.
Access to piped water in Cambodia is among the lowest in Southeast Asia, estimated at 21% in 2015. A mere 7% of rural households have direct connections to piped water, with even lower access to improved sanitation (42%). While access rates are higher in urban area (75%) this is largely due to the high-performing Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority, which serves almost the majority of the city. In 2014, the government set ambitious targets for universal access to water and sanitation by 2025, requiring an unprecedented mobilization of funding estimated to be $212 million annually.