drinking water crisis in Marunda; Anies Baswedan blames water privatization

TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan responded to the drinking water crisis in Kampung Marunda Kepu, Cilincing, North Jakarta. Reports say that 400 families in the district have not had access to clean water since April 14, 2022.

In his defense, Anies said that the provincial government has not been able to carry out the water pipeline project to provide drinking water to date because the distribution of drinking water is still managed by parties. private companies, namely PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (PALYJA) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta.

“When it comes under Jakarta’s authority in 2023, Jakarta will invest in the construction of pipelines,” he explained.

Anies hoped that regional tap water company PAM Jaya could later apply for a regional capital injection (PMD) to fast-track the pipeline project after water privatization ends in 2023.

“If PMD can be done, the pipeline project can proceed faster as it is very much influenced by the amount we invest,” the Governor of the Maritime Museum in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, said on Friday, September 2, 2022.

Anies Baswedan said PAM Jaya has so far built portable reservoirs in several villages to provide drinking water to residents and prevent them from abstracting groundwater. “This [clean water crisis] can be contained once PAM Jaya regains his authority,” concluded Anies.

LANI DIANA WIJAYA

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