Bringing Safe Piped Water to Rural Southeast Asia
66% of the Cambodia population or about 11 million people do not have access to clean drinkable water. 70% of Cambodians live in semi-rural or rural areas.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to “Ensure Access to Water and Sanitation for All”. Access to safe, drinkable tap water is an enabler of many of the SDGs including ending poverty and hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth and climate action.
While normal water utilities usually integrate a costly custom design process, TapEffect seeks to do the opposite by implementing and operating portfolios of piped water systems in these rural hard-to-reach areas.
Its business model is based on a standardised approach to minimise the design/development costs and support limited on-site capacities with appropriate technologies and technical assistance
What Clarion Does
In order to access lower cost infrastructure debt funding, we provided equity capital for TapEffect to scale and build out 3 or more new drinkable water projects in the last mile rural communities of Cambodia.
We introduced TapEffect to a Singapore-based foundation operating in another Cambodian province with a 525,000 population to convert their bore well projects to piped water supply. In turn, this foundation will help to bring education and medical services to the communes which TapEffect serves.
Engaging international support
We are working with an international NGO to use TapEffect’s touchpoints with the rural communities it serves to provide basic English language lessons and vocational skills as well as meaningful community engagements.