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Jakarta Post

City struggles to control groundwater use

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 23 2013   /  12:57 pm

Waste not: Women wash rice and clean clothes using well water in Kramat Pulo, Central Jakarta, on Friday. The Jakarta administration is asking residents to save water in conjunction with World Water Day. (JP/P.J. Leo)Despite concerns on land subsidence in the cpaital, the Jakarta Environmental Agency is finding it difficult to control groundwater use in commercial areas.

Agency environmental law enforcement chief Herry Permana Putra said on Friday that monitoring and controlling commercial buildings that illegally used groundwater had been difficult, as his department was understaffed and lacked funds.

“I only have four employees. One member takes care of administrative matters while the other four go to into the field to examine businesses that allegedly use groundwater illegally,” he said.

Herry said that his department had set a target to examine 200 sites a ...