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Jakarta Post

Takeover may lead to better services

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 14 2019   /  01:21 am

Ellya, a resident of Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, pays Rp 300,000 (US$21.38) a month for a water service of less than 40 cubic meters used by six adults and two children.

She does not mind paying that much for such a basic need, but cannot help but compare it with the price her husband’s family pays in his hometown of Padang, West Sumatra, of less than Rp 150,000 a month for five adults.

As a long-time customer of Jakarta’s tap water service, she said the tap water ran slowly at least once a month. Although, she added that the quality of the water, supplied by the privately owned PT Aetra Air Jakarta, had improved in terms of its turbidity level and that the smell of chlorine had decreased each year.

The city administration recently announced a plan to retake control of the tap water service after being run by two private firms for the past two decades. This i...