ACT and BKKMTKI Present Water Desalination Machine to Provide Fresh Water for Mandangin Island Healthcare Facility

On the Island of Mandangin, seawater is abundant. Sadly, there wasn’t enough fresh water to meet the needs of its residents. Together with the Indonesian Chemical Engineering Student Activities Coordination Board (BKKMTKI), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) delivered a water desalination machine to help provide fresh water for the local Community Health Center (Puskesmas).

Mandangin Island
Water desalination machine is installed at the Mandangin Island Community Health Center (Puskesmas). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SAMPANG – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to provide the best assistance for Mandangin Island. One of the problems on the island is the lack of freshwater that the locals can use. To solve it, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) collaborated with the Indonesian Chemical Engineering Student Activities Coordination Board (BKKMTKI) to install a water desalination machine so that the abundant seawater in the area can be desalinated into freshwater for the locals’ needs.

Shinta Amelia Putri, Head of BKKMTKI’s Community Service for the East Java Region explained that the machine uses the reverse osmosis method.

“With this machine, the large amount of saltwater around Mandangin Island can be turned into clean freshwater that is ready for consumption. We have installed the machine and checked the outcome. The pH of the desalinated water is 7.6, indicating that the water is suitable for consumption," explained Shinta.

ACT and BKKMTKI delivered this machine to Mandangin Island in early January 2022 and installed it at the Community Health Center (Puskesmas). The machine is used to provide clean water for the patients, especially at the dental clinic. Every day about five to ten patients are treated here. For this reason, clean water is very much needed.

Mandangin Island is under the administration of the Sampang Regency. To get to the mainland, it takes 1.5 hours to cross the sea from the Tanglok Port. The water on the island tends to be salty.

Head of the Mandangin Island Community Health Center Ahmad Zain, said that clean fresh water is needed by the community as well as the Community Health Center. "Our Community Health Center is the only medical facility on this island,” said Zain.

ACT, through its Surabaya Branch Office, will continue assisting the Mandangin Islanders through several programs. Hence, ACT is inviting the community to collaborate and contribute to support the residents on the island. []