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Jakarta Post

Residents endure clean water shortages as dry season drags on

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta and Bogor   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /  07:11 pm
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A child stands near a puddle in a fish pond that has dried up amid the prolonged dry season in Rawa Badak Utara in North Jakarta on Aug. 2.(Wartakota.tribunnews,com/File)

Jakarta is beginning to feel the pinch as the city’s water shortage begins to take effect and water sources dry up amid the prolonged dry season. Trees on Jl. Gereja Ayam in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, have died from a lack of water. Central Jakarta Forestry Agency head Mila Ananda told on Monday that many trees and plants in the city had died as a result of a water shortage, particularly in heavily concreted areas that did not allow the plants to access water sources. “In this dry season some plants and trees in green spaces have indeed died or are suffering from a lack of water,” Mila said adding that the agency would increase the use of water tank trucks to keep the plants alive. Residents at the upscale Pantai Indah Kapuk residential area in North Jakarta have also found difficulties in accessing clean water because the developer o...