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#59157 - 19 Aug 07 09:29 JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug
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City water crisis could see deeper wells dug

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

To stave off looming drinking water supply problems, the Jakarta administration is set to dig deeper for groundwater.

The Jakarta Mining Agency says 20 wells need to be built that groundwater can be taken from at depths of at least 250 meters to ensure water security in the dry season.

"Jakarta has ample supplies of groundwater further down. We will utilize them to help out regions that are prone to water shortages," Wasis Gunawan, the head of the agency's groundwater supply division, said Thursday.

As the supply of groundwater in the upper soil layer is steadily declining, the agency is constructing a well with an electronic pump in Kalideres, West Jakarta.

The facility is expected to pump about 100 cubic meters of groundwater a day when it begins operating in September.

"We proposed building four wells this year but the City Council only approved the funding for one," Wasis said.

One well costs Rp 150-200 million to build.

Wasis said Kalideres residents would operate the facilities themselves.

"We are still mapping out areas in need of wells. We are prioritizing areas with little or no access to piped water."

Half or around 10 million residents of Jakarta rely on the groundwater taken from a few meters below the surface.

Wasis said the groundwater taken from shallow wells was merely from the rainwater seeping into the ground.

"But since Jakarta has limited land to absorb the rain in order to recharge the groundwater, the supplies will continue to decrease," he said.

The agency said that South Jakarta, the city's main water catchment region, would suffer from acute water shortages if groundwater supplies dropped significantly.

Most residents of South Jakarta are reliant on groundwater.

Wasis said shallow wells were more likely to be contaminated than deeper wells as most of them were located near septic tanks.

The Jakarta Environmental Management Agency (BPLHD) estimates the city's water needs at 547.5 million cubic meters per year.

Jakarta's two tap water operators, however, produce only 295 million cubic meters of water or enough to meet 54 percent of the clean water demand.

Residents who lack access to piped water are forced to rely on groundwater, pumping about 251.8 million cubic meters a year in total.

This is far higher than the groundwater recharge rate, which is estimated at 186.2 million cubic meters a year.

Data from the administration shows that about 80 percent of the groundwater in shallow wells with depths of 10-20 meters is contaminated with pathogenic disease-causing bacteria, such as E-coli.

Health experts say the poor quality of the water makes children more vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhea, polio, hepatitis and cholera.
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#59159 - 19 Aug 07 09:32 Re: JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Data from the administration shows that about 80 percent of the groundwater in shallow wells with depths of 10-20 meters is contaminated with pathogenic disease-causing bacteria, such as E-coli.

Fucking tell me about it. I feel like shit every morning!
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#59163 - 19 Aug 07 09:43 Re: JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug [Re: Dilli]
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Data from the administration shows that about 80 percent of the groundwater in shallow wells with depths of 10-20 meters is contaminated with pathogenic disease-causing bacteria, such as E-coli.

Fucking tell me about it. I feel like shit every morning!

that has more to do with your alcohol consumption than E. coli.
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#59164 - 19 Aug 07 09:45 Re: JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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#59165 - 19 Aug 07 09:46 Re: JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug [Re: Dilli]
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Yesterday was quiet! One bottle Chardonnay, 4 beers at De Hooi. 6 beers and two Vodka's in EP....

Nothing to write home about!
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#59166 - 19 Aug 07 09:48 Re: JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug [Re: Dilli]
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hmmmm.
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#59169 - 19 Aug 07 09:58 Re: JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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What, are you going all judgemental on me?

Given the water quality it's safer than brushing your teeth in Jakarta!


Edited by Dilli (19 Aug 07 10:01)
Edit Reason: Weasel's ripped my flesh
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#59663 - 24 Aug 07 23:29 Re: JP/City water crisis could see deeper wells dug [Re: Dilli]
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AHHAHAAHHHAAHAAAHh

One well costs Rp 150-200 million to build.

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAHAHAH


make sure you put a note to that effect under the windscreen wiper of some random general who drives a 1 billion rupiah land cruiser. hahahahahhahaha


Edited by yourfather (24 Aug 07 23:29)

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