"Please be well prepared that from August 1, 2023, we will be really firm and strict to implement groundwater-free zoning rules," the development and environment assistant for Jakarta's regional secretary, Afan Adriansyah Idris, stated here, Saturday.
By August 1, 2023, he elaborated that buildings with more than eight floors, with an area of over five thousand square meters, and the area where the building stands already has clean water services, are no longer allowed to use groundwater.
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The regulation also stipulates that every owner and manager of the buildings that meet the criteria is prohibited from taking and/or utilizing groundwater starting from August 1, 2023, except for dewatering activities.
Dewatering is a water control activity for the purpose of draining the excavation area that will be used as an underground building or for other purposes.
Idris said that his side is currently expanding the coverage of clean water services.
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The recent facility built by the Jakarta provincial government is the city forest water treatment plant, with a capacity of 500 liters per second.
Earlier, on October 22, 2021, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued Gubernatorial Regulation No. 93 of 2021 on groundwater-free zones.
The regulation was issued due to the limited availability of groundwater and land subsidence occurring in Jakarta.
City-owned tap water company PT PAM Jaya will strengthen the existence of clean water pipes in areas that are prohibited from using groundwater, President Director of PAM Jaya Arief Nasrudin stated.
"PAM Jaya is conducting a campaign in collaboration with the Jakarta provincial government and the water resources office to strengthen the process, so that it can be applied and relevant information is disseminated to the residents of Jakarta," Nasrudin remarked.
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