Public Works Ministry Launches Programs to Ease Jakarta´s Dropping Groundwater

Monday, 21 August 2017 , 15:00:00 WIB - Economy

Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono (left) is seen with Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi (right) in a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission V, Jakarta, Monday (24/7). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRESNEWS – Jakarta’s groundwater level is dropping. To deal with the situation, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has launched the Quick Win National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) plan.

This Quick Win will be a comprehensive plan that is targeted to be completed in 2019. It will see the government build a 20-kilometer embankment, a clean water facility that can provide 3,500 liters per second to reduce ground water consumption, and drainage system and waste water management, which will be realized through the Community-based Sanitation (Sanimas), Communal Waste Water Management Installation (IPAL) and Jakarta Sewerage System programs.

Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono, said one of the reasons the city’s ground water is dropping is excessive consumption of the water. Jakarta’s drinking water is being supplied by the Jatiluhur Dam and the city’s groundwater.

The ministry’s Housing Area Management (Cipta Karya) Director General, Sri Hartoyo, said the government intends to boost drinking water supply in Jakarta by building drinking water facility systems (SPAM), namely the Jatiluhur SPAM I, which will have a capacity of 4,000 liters per second; the Jatiluhur SPAM II, 5,000 liter per second and the Waduk Karian SPAM, 4,200 liters per second.

The Jatiluhur SPAM I will cost Rp4 trillion to build, while the Jatiluhur SPAM II will require investment worth Rp6 trillion and the Waduk Karian SPAM will cost Rp6 trillion to build.

"With the three SPAMs, there will be additional 13,200 liters per second drinking water to help meet Jakarta meet its drinking water demand of 20,000 per liter," Sri said, in a written statement on Thursday (17/8).

Once the SPAMs are built to meet Jakarta’s drinking water demand, he government will issue a regulation that will limit Jakarta’s groundwater consumption and the city vows to strictly enforce the regulation. The Karian Dam is being built and will be completed in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Communal Waste Water Management Installation and Community-based Sanitation programs are being realized in cooperation between the Ministry of Public Works and the Jakarta Government. The programs intend to reduce groundwater pollution and river pollution in Jakarta because of waste water.

"We are drafting the detail engineering design for Zone 1 and Zone 6. Zone 1 will ost Rp8.1 trillion to complete while Zone 6 will require Rp8.7 trillion. The fund has been obtained through a loan from Japan," Sri said.