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Jakarta Post

Stop using groundwater, says environmental board

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Sat, February 28 2009   /  10:33 am

The city environment board (BPLHD) has called on residents and building developers to stop making new groundwater wells and start using tap water.

The call was made following reports that groundwater exploitation had led to water shortages and land subsidence. BPLHD official Dian Wiwekowati said many city residents were still reluctant to shift to tap water.
“Many residents prefer to dig their existing wells deeper or make new wells to get sufficient water, rather than use piped water,” she said Friday at a press conference.
“Commercial buildings like malls, apartments, hotels and office buildings are doing the same, making water supplies in large parts of the city critical.”
Among the most critical areas are Tebet and Pasar Minggu in South Jakarta, and Duren Sawit, Ciracas and Pasar Rebo in East Jakarta.
Residents...