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The responsibility of packaged water industry

  • Burhanuddin Abe

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 22 2010   /  10:26 am

Are you aware that the packaged water that you drink causes water sources such as springs and wells to dry up? And that it also damages the environment?The people of Cidahu and Cicurug villages in Sukabumi regency, West Java, have long complained that the level of water in their areas has decreased, causing paddy fields and wells to dry up. All this is due to excessive exploitation by packaged water companies.Arif Miharja, a community supervisor from the Institute of Study for Development and Technology (ELSPPAT), said that between 2007 and 2008, one water company acquired Rp 3 billion per month from its packaged water business that sourced 1.5 billion liters of water per month and sold it in plastic cups and bottles.Under regental regulation No. 22/2006, 10 percent of the water that a company sources from an area should go to the residents of the area. However, that is not the reality, ...