Indonesia's Water Quality Index Remains Low, Why?

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia- The Secretary of Directorate General of Watershed Managemnet and Forest Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dyah Murtiningsih, stated that water, like land resources, plays a crucial role in human life.

She believes that water management must be carried ​out as effectively as possible and line with the development of land resources in te context of landscapes such as watersheds.

"Water is an important resource for us, just like land resources, so water management must be done parallel," said Dyah in a special dialogue on the theme "Water for Shared Prosperity-Towards the 10th World Water Forum 2024 in Bali", organized by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in collaboration with CNBC Indonesia on Tuesday (6/12/2022).

Dyah stated that indonesia currently has a low water quality indx due to residential wast from the agriculture and livestock industries polluting water basins. The biggest pollution comes from domestic waste based on th Central Bureau of Statistics's data.

Data from the Central Bureau of statistics for 2021 showed that 80.29% of households in Indonesia alredy have a septic tank, but the waste was disposed of in the environment. On the other hand, the number of customers of cenralized processing intallation only reached 138,519 house connections. This couses the pollutant load capacity of the river to be exceeded.

"According to the study by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, there are ten watersheds whose pollution capacity has been exceeded, while five watersheds have not yet been exceeded, namely Bengawan Solo, Kapau, Sadang, and other," said Dyah.

Seeing this, she stated that countermeasures are rquired to ensure proper water management, starting from planting, creating catchment areas, artificial wetlands for processing mining company waste, and other.

"Various efforts are needed to manage water resources with the concept of nature-based solutions, such as developing green infrastructure and creating wetland," she explained.


Translated by Team of the 10th World Water Forum

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