METAWATER holds a handover ceremony for an "in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system" in Kep Province, Kingdom of Cambodia
METAWATER Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President: Tomoyasu Kida; hereinafter referred as "METAWATER") is pleased to announce that it held a handover ceremony for an in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system in Kep Province, Kingdom of Cambodia on June 13, 2014. The system has been delivered through the "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects" run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (hereinafter referred as "MOFA").
On the day of the event, over 100 guests from Cambodia including H.E Ek Sonn Chan, Vice Minister of Industry and Handicrafts and H.E Ken Satha, Governor of Kep Province and Chairman of State Council attended the ceremony. Participants from Japan included Mr. Takayuki Wada, Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr. Satoshi Kiyama, Maneger of Kitakyushu City Water and Sewer Bureau, and METAWATER officers. The event was highly successful.
Scenes from the handover ceremony
METAWATER activities in Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the countries where we have been concentrating our efforts to expand the water supply and sewage business.
][ In August 2010, METAWATER formed a basic agreement with the Kitakyushu City Water and Sewer Bureau (the then Waterworks Bureau) to expand the water business in Cambodia and Haiphong, Vietnam, and joined the Kitakyushu Overseas Water Business Association established in the same month. Through mutual cooperation, METAWATER conducted a test run of the in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, from September to December 2011 and a demonstration experiment on the road in Kep Province in July 2012. In addition, METAWATER confirmed the applicability of the system through research projects and water seminars organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
In March 2013, METAWATER established the Kitakyushu Project Office in the city of Kitakyushu aimed at strengthening its alliance with the city of Kitakyushu and the Kitakyushu Overseas Water Business Association to expand the water business throughout Asia in addition to Cambodia and Vietnam. With the establishment of a representative office in Phnom Penh in April 2013, we have been further accelerating our efforts in Cambodia.
This time, METAWATER held a ceremony to hand over its in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system to Kep Province (*1). Kep Province (where the water business is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts) developed a project to introduce an in-vehicle water filtration system, water storage tanks, plastic water containers, and water carts to areas where a safe water supply system is not yet in place, and submitted an application to the Japanese Embassy for MOFA's "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects". The project was approved in January 2014 and METAWATER was requested to deliver its in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system.
In December 2013, METAWATER co-sponsored the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon 2013 held in Siem Reap, northwest of Cambodia, providing runners with shower facilities using our in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system. Through these efforts, we have been engaging in activities to underscore the importance of proper water treatment.
*1 For background information leading to the delivery, please refer to the press release dated January 31, 2014:
Key features of in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system
Our in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system is capable of providing a stable supply of high-quality, safe, purified drinking water even from highly turbid and changeable raw water quality. This mobile water purification equipment capitalizes on the flexible features of the ceramic membrane element which make it possible for it to be used even in a small space. METAWATER has been delivering its in-vehicle water purifying system mainly to developing countries since the system can be mobilized any time natural disasters such as flooding occur and can be used as water purifying facilities in dispersed communities.
With water purifying and power-generating facilities mounted on a 4-tonne truck, the in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system delivered to Kep Province is capable of creating about 50 cubic meters of water per day. Using the in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system, Kep Province is planning to supply water to about 8,000 people in three years.
In-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system delivered to Kep Province, Cambodia, and ceramic membrane