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Jakarta Post

Govt urged to boost man-made dams supervision

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni


Jakarta   /   Thu, April 2 2009   /  11:48 am

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has called on the government to set more stringent management and observation standards on all dams and reservoirs in the country, particularly those constructed with compact earth. That is necessary in order to prevent a tragedy like the Situ Gintung dam burst from occurring anywhere else. Head of the Geotechnology Research Center at LIPI Edi Prasetyo Utomo said LIPI researchers had analyzed a number of reservoirs which were prone to damage orĀ  susceptible to severe erosion in upstream areas.
Edi said the major problems with managing compact-soil dams included controlling river flows and inspecting the dam structure.
Inaccurate rainfall data currently hampers the early detection of problems with the dam structure, while a lack of supervision along river basins can lead to area conversion and sedimentation.<...