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Jakarta Post

Water deficit leads to consumption of dirty water

  • Yemris Fointuna

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 17 2012   /  09:50 am

The current extended drought has forced thousands of people in some areas in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) to use whatever water they can get.

Local residents in Kupang, Timor Tengah Selatan and Timor Tengah Utara, are reportedly consuming unhygienic fecal-contaminated water from nearby dikes, as sources of fresh water have dried up in the last few weeks.

“We’re using dirty water from a dike for drinking water. We have no choice,” said Marice Kono, a resident of Sainoni village, South Bikomi district, Timor Tengah Utara regency.

The dike, built by the provincial administration in 1998, was originally aimed at providing water for cattle farmers in the region.

But non-cattle farmers in Fenake village and Sainoni village have now taken advantage of the dike, fetching water for their daily consumption during the current dry season.

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