The Pamsimas water supply program with, Danone-Aqua and Bank Boyolali has been a great success story. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Water Springs Eternal in Boyolali


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. 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.

A child wearing an umbrella during a sunny day in Juwangi, Boyolali regency, Central Java on Tuesday 05/03) Juwangi is located 2 hours from city of Boyolali. A long dry season occurs every year at Juwangi. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A sunny day during a long dry season in Juwangi, Boyolali district, Central Java, on Tuesday (05/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two villagers seen take a shelter in their home during a sunny day in Juwangi, Boyolali, Central Java on Tuesday (05/03) Residents homes are still not equipped with toilets and good sanitation until early 2011. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents take shelter in their home in Juwangi. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Police officers conduct a daily check to Juwangi former village pump in Boyolali, Central Java on Tuesday (05/03) Since late 2018, Juwangi resident are not queuing at village pumps to get safe and clean water. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A police officer inspects a water pump in Juwangi. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mbah Nyoto (70) a resident in Sumber Agung stands in her former drilling wells at Boyolali, Central Java on Tuesday (05/03) Before 2018, the well will dry out during the dry season. At that time she had to go to the river to take a bath while taking water for her family needs at home. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Mbah Nyoto, a resident of Sumber Agung, stands next to a well at the back of her house. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A banner to stop defecating carelessly in Juwangi, Boyolali, Central Java on Tuesday (05/03) Access to sanitation and safe water gives life and changes peoples bad habit. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A banner tells people not to defecate in public. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Traditional food from agricultural crops served in Sumber Agung, Boyolali, Central Java on Tuesday (05/03) They build an irrigation after get a fresh money from Bank Boyolali. It increasing agricultural production in Sumber Agung. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Traditional snacks sold in a market in Sumber Agung. Better irrigation means better harvest for farmers in the village. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents in Sumber Agung, Central Java applied the water payment system in a family manner on Tuesday (05/03) Costs are considered cheaper than using Sanyo. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A resident of Sumber Agung pays his water bill. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sumber Agung residents sit under the water reservoir tower in Boyolali, Central Java on Tuesday (05/03) Sumber Agung currently has 15 wells that can be used by 1.015 residents
A water reservoir in Sumber Agung. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children in Juwangi wash their hand after playing outside in Boyolali, Central Java on Tuesday (05/03) Billions of people are still living without safe water. Water is our human rights. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children in Juwangi wash their hands after play. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)