"Balikpapan is suffering from a water crisis. The construction of the Teritip dam should be accelerated," President Joko Widodo said while observing the construction of the Teritip dam project here on Thursday.
On the occasion, the president was accompanied by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono, State Secretary Pratikno, and East Kalimantan Governor, Awang Faroek.
The development of the dam was intended to solve the water crisis in Balikpapan and surrounding areas. During the rainy season, the dam can be used for raw water storage.
The dike uses national and regional budgets.
"The regional budget funds the project with Rp86 billion, while the state budget contributes about Rp370 billion. That can accelerate the project," the president stated.
The president also appreciated the Balikpapan government for conducting the land acquisition process quickly.
"As a result, the construction of the project can be started soon," the president noted.
The president said he expects the dike to be used as raw water reservoir for Balikpapan and the surrounding communities.
The dam can also be used for the tourism sector.