Over 21 pct of RI`s population still without clean water - (d)

Over 21 pct of RI`s population still without clean water - (d)

(ANTARA/Lucky.R)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Some 60 million people or 21.16 percent of Indonesia`s 230 million population still have no access to clean water, Deputy National Development Planning Minister Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo said here on Thursday.

These people`s clean water needs must be met in order to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target in the clean water and sanitation sectors by 2015, he said.

"This means clean water infrastructure development should be accelerated," Tuwo said at a national conference on drinking water and sanitation affairs or KSAN here.

KSAN data showed that until the end of 2009 the national coverage of drinking water sources was only 47.71 percent, while the feasible basic sanitation facilities only reached 51.19 percent.

"This is of course very alarming considering that the MDGs target in the water supply and sanitation sectors is to reduce by 50 percent the number of the population who have no access to drinking water sources and basic sanitation by 2015," he added.
(Uu.SDP-09/B003/HAJM/F001)

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