Time has passed quickly. The privatization of piped water service in Jakarta will mark its 13th anniversary on June 6.
In Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, 13 years was the period required by the government there to significantly improve its service.
When introduced in 1993, piped water in Phnom Penh was only accessible to 25 percent of the population. Thirteen years later 90 percent of the population enjoys 24-hour water service and the leakage rate is 6 percent, down from 72 percent. Revenues have increased dramatically by approximately 50-fold to US$8.4 million.
After years of management by gigantic international water companies, only 34.8 percent of Jakarta’s population has access to clean and healthy water, according to the Central Statistics Agency.
Jakarta’s piped water service was transferred to the private sector in 1997, when Suez Environmen...