The Pamsimas water supply program with Water.org, Danone-Aqua and Bank Boyolali has been a great success story. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Water Springs Eternal in Boyolali
BY : YUDHA BASKORO
MARCH 07, 2019
Boyolali. Lack of clean water and poor sanitation are still a major problem in Indonesia. To welcome World Water Day on March 22, the Jakarta Globe visited Juwangi and Sumber Agung, two villages in the Boyolali district of Central Java, on Tuesday (05/03). In these villages, residents have found it hard to get clean water and proper sanitation for almost 30 years.
Three decades ago, residents had to walk two kilometres to a spring to get clean water. The contour of the land makes it difficult for water from the spring to flow into people's wells.
In 2011, the government started Pamsimas (Community-Based Water Supply and Sanitation), a program to improve the quality of water and sanitation in Juwangi and Sumber Agung.
Water.org and Danone-Aqua worked with Bank Boyolali to provide micro credit for residents so they can build wells and water reservoirs.
The bank provied a Rp 50 million ($3550) loan to build four wells for hundreds of families in Juwangi. While in Sumber Agung, there are already 15 wells that deliver clean water to 1015 households.
"We don't need to walk to the spring anymore and children can wash their hands before they eat like they read in school books," Ngatimin, a resident of Sumber Agung, said.