East Kalimantan (ANTARA) - The construction of Sepaku Semoi Dam to support the provision of clean water to the new capital (IKN) Nusantara has reached 82 percent completion, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR).

"The construction progress of Sepaku Semoi Dam has reached 82 percent," head of the ministry's IKN infrastructure development task force, Danis Hidayat Sumadilaga, informed in North Penajam Paser District, East Kalimantan, on Friday.

He added that the dam will be one of the raw water sources for IKN Nusantara. It will be equipped with intake facilities and a water treatment plant (IPA). Sepaku Semoi Dam is targeted to be impounded in June this year.

The construction of the dam is also a part of the IKN Nusantara development project.

According to Sumadilaga, the availability of clean water is vital when building infrastructure. Therefore, the dam must be built first to support infrastructure development in IKN Nusantara.

Once the dam is completed, it will distribute clean water to the IKN area besides providing water for irrigation and serving as a tourism site.

He noted that the dam has the capability to distribute 2,500 liters of raw water per second, of which, 2,000 liters will be provided to IKN Nusantara and 500 liters to Balikpapan City. The dam is also expected to reduce flooding by up to 55.26 percent.

The work that has been carried out so far has included land inspection work and public facilities, main dam embankments, hydromechanics, upstream bridge work, downstream bridge work, and installation of area fences, Sumadilaga informed.

The cost of building the dam has reached Rp556 billion. The funds for its construction are being sourced from the state budget for the 2019–2023 fiscal year, with the implementation period being 2020–2023.

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