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Jakarta to take over tap water from private firms

  • Sausan Atika and A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 12 2019   /  12:42 am

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Monday that Jakarta would gradually take over tap water management from private operators Aetra and Palyja despite a recent Supreme Court ruling that approved the continuation of water privatization.

“A potable and clean water supply is a basic right of residents and it is the city administration’s priority. The Constitution mandates that earth, water and natural resources in them are controlled by the state for people’s welfare as much as possible. Thus, our standpoint here is clear: The Jakarta administration will immediately take over tap water management in Jakarta to achieve the target of tap water coverage in the city,” Anies told a press conference at City Hall.

The governor said the takeover was very important to “correct” the agreement between Indonesia and two private firms in 1997. “We know after 20 years sinc...