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Jakarta Post

Local govts to get foreign grants for clean water

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 22 2013   /  08:06 am

A number of disadvantaged regions in the country are due to receive assistance to install tap-water and sewage facilities.

The Australian and United States governments have pledged to give US$88 million and $10 million, respectively, to some of the country’s most impoverished regions for the construction of the facilities.

The two-year Water and Sanitation Grant program will provide tap water to more than 285,000 low-income households and piped sewers to 9,000 households that come under 120 local governments across the country.

Cities and districts in Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Maluku and Papua will benefit from the program, which is expected to begin in December this year.

An initial program was implemented in 2011 by the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID), which provided access to clean water for 77,000 households and sewers for 5,000 hou...