Drought; 2,000 Villagers Forced to Buy Clean Water

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  • Warga mengangkat air dengan ember usai mengambilnya dari sumur buatan di areal persawahan Desa Bontoa, Maros, Sulawesi Selatan, 10 Agustus 2014. Musim kemarau membuat warga kesulitan air bersih dan terpaksa menggunakan air yang tidak layak. TEMPO/Fahmi Ali

    Warga mengangkat air dengan ember usai mengambilnya dari sumur buatan di areal persawahan Desa Bontoa, Maros, Sulawesi Selatan, 10 Agustus 2014. Musim kemarau membuat warga kesulitan air bersih dan terpaksa menggunakan air yang tidak layak. TEMPO/Fahmi Ali

    TEMPO.CO, Purbalingga - Thousands of people living in Serang Village, Purbalingga, Central Java are out of clean water. The drought forces them to buy water for daily use. "We have to buy water for Rp 3,000 per 40 liters," Serang Village chief Sugito said on Tuesday, September 9.

    Sugito said 2,100 villagers do not have sufficient supply of clean water because the village spring had dried up. These days, these villagers have to spend some Rp12,000 every day to buy enough water to meet the daily need..

    In Banjarnegara, the absence of rain in the upstream areas caused the General Sudirman water reservoir's elevation to recede from 230 meters to 228 meters. "Now only two of the three turbines are operating," said Encep Supratman, technical manager at PT Indonesia Power Unit.

    Encep said that the drought also caused a decline electricity supply to the Java-Madura-Bali grid. In addition to power generation, water from the General Sudirman reservoir is also used to irrigate a plantation area of 8,000 hectares.

    ARIS ANDRIANTO