The establishment of the three SPAMs is expected to increase the drinking water supply capacity of Jakarta by 9,254 liters per second
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono is committed to building three Drinking Water Supply Systems (SPAMs) to prevent Jakarta from sinking due to the excessive use of ground water by the community.

The SPAMs comprise the Jatiluhur I SPAM and Karian-Serpong SPAM for which construction had commenced as well as the Ir. H. Djuanda/Jatiluhur II SPAM that is still in the preparation stage.

The minister noted in a written statement here on Monday that the development of SPAMs will use the public-private partnership scheme.

"The establishment of three SPAMs is expected to increase the drinking water supply capacity of Jakarta by 9,254 liters per second as well as service coverage by 30 percent," he stated.

Hadimuljono emphasized that providing drinking water to all people is an obligation to meet the basic needs of the community and one of the solutions to prevent Jakarta from sinking.

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The ministry will also provide downstream supporting infrastructure to the Jakarta provincial government to absorb the raw drinking water amid the first year of construction of the Jatiluhur I SPAM, Karian-Serpong SPAM Projects, and Buaran III Water Treatment Plant.

Hence, the ministry expects the Jakarta provincial government to immediately prepare the readiness criteria required to gain the supporting infrastructure to enable the SPAMs to be completed soon to fulfil the region’s drinking water demand immediately.

The central and provincial governments are committed to realizing the construction of SPAMs to reduce ground water extraction to prevent the region from sinking further.

Hence, the PUPR minister along with Home Affairs Minister Muhammad Tito Karnavian and Governor of Jakarta Anies Rasyid Baswedan had signed a MoU on "Synergy and Support for the Implementation of a Drinking Water Supply System in Jakarta" here on Monday.

It was witnessed by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

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