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Indonesian Government Encourage Raw Water Infrastructure Provision

by Sebastianus Epifany Monday, February 27, 2017 - 14:29

JAKARTA - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (KEMENPUPR) continue to reform and develop basic infrastructures such as raw water facilities and infrastructure. This is done to improve the quality of human life and encouraging the equitable development of basic infrastructure in the border region, the outer islands, as well as rural and disadvantaged areas in Indonesia.

"Besides infrastructure massive scale, we also focus on the development of basic infrastructures, such as drinking water supply, sanitation, construction of green open space (RTH) and the arrangement of slums area," said Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono, as reported (27/02/2017).

So far up to the end of 2015, service coverage of safe drinking water reached 71,05% and to achieve the target of 100 per cent access to drinking water in 2019, the government still must add the raw water coverage of about 7,2% per year, either through a piping network and non-network including the availability of raw water piping.

One area that in 2016 gained a touch of raw water infrastructure development is Obi islands in North Maluku. Obi Islands famous with nickel and agate, but the residents do not have enough clean water for daily needs. In January 2016, the construction of Obi-Raw Water Unit with a capacity of 30 m3 is begun in order to increase the flow of water that had been built by the Regional Water Company (PDAM) South Halmahera.

Construction work which conducted includes the construction of intake, tub filter, reservoir, water reservoir and a pipe bridge. The reservoir was built with a capacity of 350 cubic meters and a capacity of 36 m3 strain tub. Construction of raw water unit was completed in July 2016 with a source of water taken from the river Todoku with water discharge of 10 litres per second. Now Obi Island residents can enjoy an additional supply of water from the unit.

Infrastructure development of the outer islands is currently recorded as many as 117 islands, according to the Nawa Cita President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, one of which build on the outskirts. Implementation is done through the Strategic Development Area (WPS), wherein the outer islands are part of the WPS 35.

The infrastructure development of the outer islands conducted by the Ministry PUPR coordinate with other agencies, such as the National Agency for Border Management (BNPP) and the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries. The goal is to maintain the integrity of the Republic of Indonesia, national security, nation defence and create stability in the region.

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