The Jakarta Public Works Agency plans to build a new reservoir in Pluit, North Jakarta, funded by a Rp 280 billion (US$30.8 million) grant from the Japanese government, starting next year.
The agency chief, Ery Basworo, said on Friday that the administration needed to construct a new reservoir in Pluit to offer better protection against flooding in the area, which is located close to Jakarta Bay.
“We have installed a number of pumps in the area, but they are not enough to pump water out of the area during heavy rain,” Ery said.
The agency operates 11 pumps in Pluit, with a total pumping capacity of 46 cubic meters of water per second.
“Many of these pumps are worn out, decreasing the total capacity. We need to build a reservoir to retain water flowing from the upstream area,” Ery said.
The agency head explained that unlike other pumps in the cit...