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Jakarta Post

Lack of water resources due to regional drought

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 13 2011   /  09:34 am

Improving water resources management and services will be critical to better protect Indonesian people against droughts in the future, an activist has warned.

Hamong Santoso from the People’s Coalition for the Right to Water (KRuHA), said on Monday that the government had not so far prioritized improvements to water resources management and services.

“No critical thought has been given by leaders in this country to reflect their huge concern that water is a basic need for the Indonesian people,” Hamong told The Jakarta Post.

He cited as an example that at least 10 ministries are responsible for water resources management, incorporating the supply, protection and delivery of water, as well as water distribution.

“It seems that they work without any coordination. As a result, people face market mechanisms in their efforts to get clean water both for th...