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Jakarta Post

Rp 13b allocated to tackle drought in Wonogiri

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Thu, May 18, 2017   /   02:22 pm
Rp 13b allocated to tackle drought in Wonogiri Dry spell: Drought has hit areas in the southern part of Wonogiri, Central Java, since March 2017. (The Jakarta Post/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

An extended drought that hit the southern part of Wonogiri, Central Java, in March has triggered a clean water crisis, forcing the regency administration to allocate Rp 13.3 billion (US$997,226.02) of its annual budget to assist in drought response efforts.

The funds will be allocated toward the rehabilitation and maintenance of artificial lakes (embung), the procurement of clean water infrastructure facilities and improving sanitation.

Wonogiri regent Joko “Jekek” Sutopo said he made the decision to allocate Rp 13.3 billion of the annual budget because programs conducted by the regency’s previous administrations did not provide permanent solutions.

“During dry seasons, local residents depend on water delivered in tanks emblazoned with pictures of people who provide them. I don't think that's the solution. So starting from this year, the Wonogiri administration will allocate money toward tackling droughts.”

Three districts, namely Eromoko, Giritontro and Paranggupito, are the most affected areas in southern Wonogiri.

Jekek said surveys would be conducted continually in areas worst hit by droughts and a team would search for alternative raw water sources in the affected areas.

“If during the surveys we find raw water potentials, we will allocate parts of the budget to access the water so that residents in those areas no longer have to depend on water tanks during drought seasons,” said Jekek. (ebf)