Cibarusah Residents's Efforts to Get Water During Dry Season

During dry season, the locals can only take water from the watery river sand, and wait for water aid to come.

ACTNews, BEKASI – The water reservoir in front of Karsih's house (45) could overflow in the rainy season. Sometimes, when she needs to take a bath, she just jumps right into it. However, water has been scarce for four months. The two-meter-deep reservoir has been empty and even filled with weed.

Karsih said that even though there was no water in the reservoir, she can still get the water from the river. However, taking the water from the river is not as easy as it sounds. To get the water, Karsih takes the sand from Cihoe River and put it in a bucket with holes in its bottom, so that the remnants of the water dripped from below.

"From the river sand, you can get two jerry cans of water. The water can be used for drinking, for washing, for bathing too. The water is clean, so I just take it from there. To buy water, we need a lot of money,” explained Karsih on Thursday (8/22). Her husband is an odd-jobber, and buying water is something too difficult.


 The water crisis was not only experienced by Karsih. Almost all residents of Ridogalih Village in Cibarusah Subdistrict also suffer from it. The water reservoirs in front of their houses are dry. Even if there is water, it’s murky and greenish. Like Karsih, they also often take water from the river sand for lack of other options.

In addition, they also often wait for water assistance, for example, the clean water assistance that was donated by the benefactors through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). Approximately 104,000 liters of water were distributed in Cibarusah Subdistrict using 13 water tank trucks.

"Alhamdulillah, I feel greatly assisted by ACT because the water has been scarce. We want more aid like this until the rainy season if possible," Karsih hoped.

Komarudin, Head of Ridogalih Village, said that he was also grateful for the water aid from ACT on that day. The local government, according to Komarudin, continues to try to help the local residents through the distribution of water, they provide almost every day, especially through the Bekasi Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD).

"They are some who are capable to buy clean water. If you want to buy a large tank of water, it costs around IDR 400,000. A small tank of water costs IDR 50,000. It’s approximately 1,000 liters, "Komarudin explained.

But it is not easy for the locals to buy water. Komarudin said that the residents of Ridogalih Village, around 12,000 in total, are mostly in of lower economy. The majority of them are farmers. Sadly, around half of the farmlands in Ridogalih Village itself since the drought has experienced crop failure.

"We failed to harvest 50% of the crop because of the drought. The farmlands in this village reach about 500 hectares. There are those who planted their crop earlier, and they are lucky to be able to harvest before the drought, "said Komarudin. []