Environment Forum: Indonesia Belongs to 10 Water Rich Countries but Has Water Crisis

JAKARTA, NNC – Nur Hidayati, Director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), said that Indonesia has become one of the top 10 countries rich in water, but unfortunately, Indonesia as an archipelagic country with uneven population spread experiences water crisis.
Hidayati said water in Indonesia is not adequate in terms of quantity and quality.
She mentioned areas experiencing water crisis are densely populated areas such as Java Island, followed by the islands of Bali and Nusa Tenggara.
The water crisis is due to by various factors, among others, damaged Watershed (DAS), water pollution and others.
"What about in terms of quality?
90 percent of the water is polluted.
So Indonesia is a country rich in water but [having] a water crisis," Hidayati said in the event Environmental Outlook 2018 with the theme "Moving Towards Social and Ecological Justice for Prosperity and Sustainability" at Auditorium of Dr Soedjarwo Manggala Wanabakti Building, Jakarta, Monday (1/15/2018).
In addition, the majority of communities in Indonesia also apparently still utilize river water for their needs of daily household life.
Hidayati assessed this will also be a problem, because more and more water taken will also impact the land subsidence.
Therefore, Hidayati deemed social media in Indonesia can be utilized by the government.

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