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RI water services suffering from a lack of governance

  • Mohamad Mova Al ‘Afghani

Dundee, UK   /   Tue, March 30 2010   /  09:48 am

From more than 300 water utilities currently operating, only a quarter is said to be financially healthy. The rest is either suffering from high debts or continuously failing to be able to cover its costs. Meanwhile, the population keeps increasing and the quality of water from surface and groundwater sources is rapidly decreasing due to deforestation, pollution, saltwater intrusion and other problems caused by climate change. Experts are pessimistic that Indonesia will be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on water by 2015.What is the real problem in the water services sector? There are funds out there ready to be invested by the private sector, but yet, most private sector participation in the water sector is failing. Water is also abundant in this country, but in the form of floods or waste. Many reports consider that the real problem is not the lack of finan...