Tuesday, 11 May 2021 | 19:52 WIB

Public Works Ministry Emphasizes Its Commitment to Build Clean Water Infrastructure in NTT

Director General of Human Settlements of the Ministry of Public works Sri Hartoyo.

JAKARTA, NNC - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) continues to improve the infrastructure of water and fresh water resources in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province to improve water and food security in water-prone provinces especially in the dry season. In the period 2015-2017 government has been built as many as 13 Drinking Water System Sub-District Capital (SPAM IKK) with a budget of IDR55.8 billion.

Director General of Human Settlements of the Ministry of Public works Sri Hartoyo said with the SPAM development, people in 12 regencies received an additional supply of clean water totaling 111.5 liters/sec. "In 2018, the Ministry of Public Works through the Directorate General of Human Settlements continues the construction of 2 SPAM IKKs in Malaka Regency with a capacity of 2.5 liters/second at a cost of IDR2.2 billion," he said in an official statement delivered by the Public Works Ministry on Saturday (1/13/2018).

Sri explained that one of the obstacles in the provision of drinking water in NTT is the availability of raw water. The Ministry of Public Works through the Directorate General of Water Resources has a program to increase the availability of raw water, one of which is by building the Raknamo Dam which has just been officially inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on January 9, 2018.

The presence of a dam with a capacity of 14 million m3 will increase the supply of raw water for Kupang Regency and Kupang City as well as the surrounding areas with a capacity of 100 liters/sec. "In the development of SPAM IKK, Directorate General of Human Settlements coordinated with Directorate General of Water Resources related to the availability of raw water. The central government is still assisting the Regional Government due to fiscal limitations," Sri said.

According to Sri, the Central Government supports the regional government by building its main drinking water system. Furthermore, they shared responsibility, where the Public Works Ministry handles the main distribution network, while the Local Government and/or PDAM finance the secondary distribution network to the home connection (SR).

"At the beginning of the operation, the number of home connections certainly not much or still under the capacity of the Regional Drinking Water Company [PDAM]. Therefore we have a drinking water grant program. Through this program, PDAM proposed the installation of new connections for low-income communities," he said.

"The grant amounts to IDR2 million per SR. The installation cost is incurred by the PDAM first, and after verification by BPKP [Financial and Development Supervisory Board] it has been in accordance with the target group it will be replaced by the Ministry of Public Works," Sri explained.

Until 2017, through the program there have been as many as 650 thousand home connections in urban areas. The rural drinking water grants program has added about 150 thousand home connections.