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Jakarta Post

City to start building sewage tunnel system in 2011

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 6 2010   /  01:07 pm

The city administration says it is working with the central government to build a sewage tunnel system that will channel household liquid waste to a plant that will recycle it into raw water. Governor Fauzi Bowo said the government would use a Rp 3.8 trillion (US$412.5 million) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the initial construction of pipes and the plant. "We chose a foreign loan because the private sector cannot afford to fund an infrastructure project of this scale," he said after meeting with representatives from the Public Works Ministry at City Hall on Friday. The city will foot Rp 700 billion of the total cost. Susmono, the director of environmental health division at the Public Works Ministry, said the plant would turn liquid waste, including from septic tanks, kitchens and bathrooms, into raw water before flushing it away into...