ACTNews, GUNUNGKIDUL – Dry season has struck Gunungkidul Regency in Yogyakarta. This season comes earlier. As the result, several subdistricts suffer from drought and water supply shortage.
On Thursday (6/27), in order to relieve the impact of worsened drought, ACT dispatched 50 thousand liters of clean water to two districts, Girisubo and Rongkop, in Gunungkidul. In these two subdistricts, clean water was distributed to four villages that suffered from drought and stricken by poverty.
In order to facilitate water distribution to four villages (Balong, Melikan, Nglindur, and Tileng), ACT used water tank truck that is able to distribute 5 thousand liters of water a day. This was confirmed by Program Coordinator of ACT Yogyakarta Team, Kharis Pradana. “The water will be moved to water reservoirs in each village,” Kharis said.
Approximately 520 locals enjoyed the water. They were grateful for being able to use those water to bath, drink, and do daily activities for sometime in the future. Previously, just to get clean water, these people needed to go to other villages in far distance. The water source was the only water spring that still flowed. Consequently, many people had to queue to fetch water.
“When they received clean water, they were deeply grateful and thankful,” said Pradana on Monday (7/1).
The drought in Gunungkidul affects not only the residents, but also its farmlands. “Hundreds of hectares of rice fields are vulnerable to crop failure at the beginning of the dry season. Water for consumption is also difficult to access,” Kharis explained.
Since early dry season, people of Girisubo and Rongkop have anticipated its outcome. Their farmland, usually planted with paddy, are planted with secondary crops. They’ve gotten used to dwindling water supply and pattern of drought, hence they replace their plants.
Replacing plants from paddy to secondary crops isn’t done by all farmers in these two districts. Half of the land is still planted with paddy using rainfed system. However, some land is also left empty until dry season pass.