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Jakarta Post

Anies urged to push on with water takeover

  • Sausan Atika

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Non-potable: A child uses a hand water pump in Kali Besar, West Jakarta, on Oct. 29, 2019. The water, however, cannot be consumed because it has been contaminated by sea water.(JP/P.J.Leo)

In February last year, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that his administration would gradually take over the city’s water management from the private operators that have operated in the capital for more than 20 years. More than a year after the announcement at City Hall, Jakarta’s residents remain in the dark about the progress of the public takeover, sparking outcry from civil society groups that are demanding greater transparency. An alliance of “Jakarta Residents Opposed to the Privatization of Water”, consisting of 15 civil society organizations and more than 20 individual stakeholders, demanded Anies fulfill his promise to grant Jakartans their right to clean and potable water. “We urge the governor to [...] terminate and not extend cooperation with and take over Jakarta’s water management from private firms to prevent furth...