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Jakarta Post

483 years of Jakarta: Water crisis

  • Ivan A Hadar

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 12 2010   /  09:30 am

According to government official data, the Jakarta groundwater condition now is very severe. It is estimated, that in the next 15 years, Jakarta will have a water crisis if there is no breakthrough to handle the issue. The industrial area in West Jakarta has already entered a very critical point today. It is recommended the central government immediately conserve the ground water areas in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten in order to improve the ground water basin areas of Jakarta. (Tempo.interaktif , Feb. 3, 2010)
This June, on Jakarta’s 483rd anniversary, the clean water issue remains an unsolved problem. Although it has been privatized by allowing the foreign partner of the Regional Water Company (PDAM Jaya), a clean water supply to residents is often clogged, and sometimes completely freezes. Ironically, Jakarta is a very rich water resource area. There are many large rivers here....