Water Journal : Water Journal April 2013
APRIL 2013 WATER 49 Feature Article for cooking, and how others struggle to nd time to put the waste in the biodigester as they are so busy shing. It's exciting to hear that people think the project is improving water in their community. With the day over it is nice to watch the sunset (although not quite as nice as it was during the wet season when it set over the river), then trudge through the mud to our accommodation. We set up our hammocks, complete with mosquito nets, of course, and then get ready for dinner, which means a trip back across the river. As on most nights on the Tonle Sap I expect rice and sh -- it is a shing village after all! Not being much of a sh eater, I am pleasantly surprised to see some pork as well! After eating, the team chit-chats about a whole range of things. Again I wish I could understand, but alas the Khmer lessons I've been taking haven't quite managed to make me uent yet! We then hop back on the boat and cross back to our accommodation. Some of our luggage on the boat is a number of containers of fresh water that we can use for showering. Showering from a bucket is a new skill for me, and one that I am happy wasn't too dif cult to develop quickly. Day 2. More biodigester monitoring Some of the biodigesters are in need of minor repairs, so we replace some of the old stoves with new ones, xing some gas reservoirs with more reliable materials. But we are mostly there to check that everyone who has a system is using it properly. We ask whether or not they are able to cook with the gas and what they cook. Often they use it mainly for boiling water for coffee, but some people are able to cook rice (a staple in the Cambodian diet). Day 3. Farewell to a colleague We leave our oating village for the day and head to our other target area -- a land-based region that is sometimes prone to ooding. I say farewell to an Environmental Engineering Masters student from Lund University Sweden, who has been investigating the environmental impact of biodigester installation on the Tonle Sap, and head off on what is literally translated to mean "a cow machine", while he sets off on a motorbike down a particularly sandy street (I hope he makes it back to Phnom Penh!). We go to one of our demonstration sites where I see rst hand some of the work our agriculture team has done in preparing a nursery. The agriculture team has been working for around six months to educate the ood-affected communities about more resistant agricultural techniques and assist community members in growing their own vegetables to improve nutrition. It's a nice piece of land and the sunset there is beautiful. We then head back to the main part of town for the evening. One of the oating biodigesters (and a monkey). Sunset in the dry land community. Local community members helping to build a ngerling pond for the project. Gabrielle and colleague Pheng Buntha transporting a biodigester for installation in Phat Sanday, a oating community on the Tonle Sap in Cambodia.
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