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Jakarta Post

Flood mitigation, water conservation require public participation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  04:14 pm
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Workers from the Park and Cemetery Agency install ‘biopori’ (mini water catchment) holes in Karet Bivak Public Cemetery, Central Jakarta, on June 22. ‘Biopori’ accelerate the absorption of excess water during rainy season.(Antara Foto/Reno Esnir)

In a bid to save Jakarta from the triple threat of flooding, water shortages and land subsidence, the Jakarta administration is racing to build vertical drainage systems throughout the city.  The administration has built 761 drainage systems, out of the target 1,000 for this year, but it needs 1.8 million to be installed to achieve a flood-free city, based on an administration calculation.  Therefore, the city is calling on residents to help reach that goal.  “What is important is that we make residents aware that they should participate. Residents manage the water overflow within their household while the administration manages the overflow on the road. That is the partnership [needed]. When both parties collaborate, Insya Allah [God willing] Jakarta will be free from flooding and become an example for other cities,” said water and hydrology...