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Coastal reservoirs could resolve water shortages

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2020   /  01:00 am
Tulungagung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) personnel deliver clean water for residents in the regency in East Java on Aug. 31. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) estimates that several regions in the country will be hit by extreme drought during the transition from dry to rainy season.(Antara/Destyan Sujarwoko)

The government has identified the development of coastal reservoirs as a potential means of providing water for the public, as a growing population, coupled with threats posed by climate change, could strain the existing water supplies in densely populated areas. A coastal reservoir is a type of reservoir to store fresh water located on the coastline near a river delta. The Netherlands, Singapore and Hong Kong are among countries and territories that have long used coastal reservoirs to bulk up their freshwater supply. National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa emphasized the importance of improving water security in Java, the country’s most densely populated island, saying that high water demand as a result of a rapidly increasing population “put a lot of stress” on many river basins across Java. “Six river basins are experiencing water defi...