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Jakarta Post

Users and disappearing water

  • Amreeta Regmi

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 22 2010   /  08:35 am

Indonesia has pledged to provide access to safe drinking water for 150 million citizens by 2015. Yet, the country is not experiencing mass rallies and demonstrations, where agitated consumers beat water pots and containers, demanding a clean and safe supply of piped drinking water. The water scarcity reality has not quite hit the country.There is a vast segment of the population – shadow water consumers – that increasingly depends on alternative water sources. These consumers come in two categories: One constituency abstracts water from underground sources, while the other, poorer, group cannot afford to extract water and continues paying more for vendor water. It is a sad truth that this segment is not included within accountable constitutional frameworks and public discourses. Corroboratively, people’s health and the environment are continually compromised with ensuing and unregu...