Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Regional governments should have the gut to ban the usage of shallow groundwater use by industries in areas that have been served by the Regional Drinking Water Supply Companies (PDAMs), an official said.

"The regional governments must be firmed, otherwise the environment will be damaged because the overuse of shallow groundwater," Director General of the public works ministry`s Construction Company Budi Yuwono said here Tuesday.

The uncontrolled use of shallow groundwater in Jakarta has caused the ground level to go lower and seawater intrusion, he said.

The ground`s aquifer ability, especially at a depth of less than 30 meters needed hundreds of years to recover, he said.

The overuse of shallow groundwater by industries is dangerous because it could cause floods, he said.

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