Conclusion of Trapeang Thmor Well Project – Cambodia


This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Peter Cooper. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a hand pump well in the village.

Peter reports:

It took a long time to get the well company to come out to the village, and they deployed some business tactics that were, to say the least, frustrating, e.g. telling us they would come and then not coming multiple times, changing the price at the last minute (I had to pay an extra 20$ out of pocket), and then making my counterpart buy them lunch while they were working.

That being said, the project is completed, and the community was very excited. They got to work installing the bricks and cement the day after the well was drilled.

The U.S. ambassador to Cambodia came to watch the final work being done by the community, who contributed all of the cement and bricks shown in the pictures.

The community opted not to construct a basin after being informed by the well company that the water would be more sanitary if used directly from the tap, plus there would be fewer mosquitos, which overall makes sense.

Now, all of the cement is dry, everything is installed, and clean water is coming from the tap. They ended up drilling down about 70 feet, and assured me that water will be accessible year round and that the pump will last at least ten years.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to complete this project. The people of Trapeang Thmah are very grateful and many families will benefit from the use of this project.

We extend our thanks to Peter for completing the project, and again wish to thank Elizabeth Szabo for providing the funding and Jacquelin Jones for providing additional funds for Cambodia projects.