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Jakarta Post

Thousands of infiltration wells built to hold floodwater

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  01:00 am

Extensive development in Greater Jakarta has caused swaths of land to subside and has undermined the ground’s ability to hold water. This has resulted in drought during the dry season and flooding during the rainy season.This annual cycle has prompted local administrations and residents to create infiltration wells to restore the ground’s ability to hold water.Last year, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued Gubernatorial Instruction No. 131/2018 on the acceleration of infiltration well construction in a bid to better manage rainwater and groundwater.The instruction ordered building owners throughout the city to dig and manage their own infiltration wells to prevent rainwater from flooding surrounding areas.In addition to privately owned buildings, the city asked state and city offices, schools, hospitals and other public buildings to follow suit.Residents have also taken the i...