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Jakarta Post

Activists behind Jakartans’ win over water privatization

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 16 2018   /  02:04 am

Opportunistic: A worker arranges mineral water gallons in Kemanggisan, West Jakarta. An absence or unreliable source of tap water has benefited the water gallon business.(JP/PJ Leo)Jakartans owe dedicated legal activists an unconditional favor for last year’s time consuming court battle to bring the water supply management back to the city administration.

Grouped in the Coalition of Jakarta Residents against Water Privatization (KMMSAJ), the coalition filed a civil lawsuit in 2012 on the conviction that every citizen has the right to equal access to drinking water. Fed up by inadequate access to the water supply, they sued two private companies, the city administration and the central government.

After five years of legal wrangling, their toil paid off late last year when the Supreme Court ruled that tap water should be managed by the public and therefore privatization s...