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Jakarta Post

Depok water woes blamed on toll road project

  • The Jakarta Post

Depok, West Java   /   Thu, June 20 2019   /  01:22 am

Over the past month, scores of people who rely on groundwater in one village near Bogor that prides itself as the “city of rain” have experienced an unlikely water crisis.

In Grogol, Limo subdistrict in Depok, West Java, water pumps have been drawing hardly any water even though rainfall remains reasonably high. Water trickles into residents’ tanks during the night and stops during the day.

The actual cause of the issue has yet to be established, but residents suspect that the culprit is the ongoing construction of a Depok-Antasari toll road running through their village.

The project involves land excavations people think have drained their sources.

Muhammad Rohman, one of the affected residents, said he had been experiencing a water crisis since last month when the soil excavation near his house began. The 56-year-old has to save water every night to me...