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The new governor and Jakarta’s drinking water problem

  • Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 20 2012   /  12:39 pm

During the recent Jakarta gubernatorial election, observers and opponents argued that the scale and complexities of the capital city’s urban problems were in no way equivalent to small cities such as Surakarta, where newly installed Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo used to serve as a mayor.

When Jokowi later has to deal with Jakarta’s drinking water situation, he will realize that there is a grain of truth in this argument.

While his predecessor Fauzi Bowo seemed to be focused more on technocratic “grand strategies” to solve the overall water problem, to my knowledge, Jokowi does not have any sophisticated plan. From media interviews we can tell that Jokowi’s emphasis on Jakarta’s drinking water problem will be on quality and affordability i.e. a pro-poor approach. One of Jokowi’s promises during his campaign was to provide access to water for low-income ci...