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Court rules to end water privatization: What next?

  • Arieska Kurniawaty
    Arieska Kurniawaty

    Program officer for the Jakarta-based Solidaritas Perempuan ( Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights) NGO

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 25, 2018   /  10:27 am
Court rules to end water privatization: What next? A man pumps freshwater from the ground at a public toilet in Jakarta on March 21, 2017, on the eve of World Water Day. (AFP/ Bay Ismoyo)

Over the last two decades since the water supply in Jakarta was privatized, the poor and the most marginalized have only been able to access this irregular, dirty and contaminated water supply with one of the highest water prices in Southeast Asia. Jakarta has been facing a water crisis, which some experts estimate will implode by 2025. In 2015, the NGO Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity) spoke to women from all of Jakarta’s five districts to document the impacts of this public private partnership (PPP) on women. The water condition led to many women experiencing skin diseases and reproductive health disorders. All the while, the two corporations involved in this partnership, PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta, were making considerable profits. The landmark Supreme Court ruling of April 2017, made public in October 2017, reaffirms what ...

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