The results from water supply feasibility assessments undertaken by USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) in six villages across target sites in Thailand’s Sakon Nakhon Province, and Lao PDR’s Khammouan Province are now available for download. The water feasibility assessments were conducted in order to provide recommendations to improve water supply and quality management with regard to climate vulnerabilities at the sites.
In December 2014, USAID Mekong ARCC engaged Advancing Engineering Consultants (AEC), an engineering and construction consulting firm based in Phnom Penh and focused on infrastructure projects throughout the developing world, to conduct water supply assessments in target villages and identify potential means for increasing water supply.
In Khammouan, the assessment found that a combination of both infrastructure improvements and also ‘soft’ community water management practices will be critical to improving the community’s water supply, especially during the critical dry months of April to June.
The assessment from Sakon Nakhon’s Kok Klang Village strongly recommended to support a community water committee responsible for establishing and enforcing rules around water use and connectivity to improve the water management system to be fully functional and sustainable.
The water supply assessment results are now being utilized to inform suitable adaptation options to strengthen community water supply, management and resilience in both Sakon Nakhon and Khammouan.