While the city’s water company strives to provide clean water for all residents, illegal use of groundwater is prevalent in Jakarta, with violators including high-rise buildings.
Amrta Institute for Water Literacy director Nila Ardhianie said the lack of water pipe networks in the city had prompted high-rise buildings in Jakarta to illegally suck up groundwater by constructing their own wells. According to Amrta, the use of groundwater in Jakarta has been consistently high for years as city water company PAM Jaya only supplies 35 percent of clean water required by residents.
“The administration can’t monitor and close the [groundwater] wells as it doesn’t have access to the wells,” Nila said.
The administration has announced that it would raid at least 80 high-rise buildings along Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin suspected of various water violations.