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Authorities urged to tighten control of groundwater usage

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, March 20, 2017 | 07:57 pm
Authorities urged to tighten control of groundwater usage Water Management Agency staff work on the construction of a sewer under the outer ring road in West Jakarta on March 15. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

Following the merger of Jakarta’s two water firms, sewage company PD PAL Jaya and water utility PAM Jaya, the City Council has called for more supervision of groundwater usage.

The head of the council’s Commission D overseeing development affairs, Bestari Barus, said on Monday that groundwater usage in Jakarta was quite exploitative.

Jakarta is home to hundreds of high-rise buildings that accommodate hundreds of thousands of people, thus absorbing a huge amount of groundwater every day.  

“The city administration needs to control the utilization of groundwater to ensure ecological sustainability,” Bestari said as quoted by beritajakarta.com.

He said such supervision could help preserve the natural environment in Jakarta.

Bestari urged the administration to increase its services for residents, especially in providing clean water. (dea)

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