ACTNews, GUNUNGKIDUL – Empty jerry cans were put in rows on the side of the road in Ngricik Hamlet, Melikan Village, Rongkop Subdistrict, Gunungkidul. The locals intentionally put the empty jerry cans in rows to show that they need clean water. The ongoing drought has made water a luxury.
Indonesian Bureau of Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics estimated that the dry season will continue until October and even November, resulting in an impact that can be felt by people in various regions, including Gunungkidul, Special Region of Yogyakarta.
In Ngricik Hamlet, there are no reliable water sources. Their rain-fed water supplies have been exhausted since many months ago. The local residents do not have wells because the area is mostly filled with soluble rocks. The river has dried out while Benteng spring, the last reliable water source, also dried up in August.
Isdianto, a resident of Ngricik Hamlet, said that since the drought hit, the residents have begun to use lake water for daily use. In fact, when the lake water ran out, the residents have tried to dig small holes on the ground to find a source of water under the lake. "Using a dipper and filter, the residents put the remaining water in the lake into the jerry can to be brought to their houses. But now the lake is completely dry," he said, Saturday (8/24).
Currently, they have been relying solely on water aid. Every day, they are waiting for their water storage to be filled. Unfortunately, not every day the water aid comes. They have no more choice but to put their jerry cans in rows on the side of the road.
Clean water distribution
On Saturday (8/24) afternoon, the residents of Ngricik Hamlet received clean water aid from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). A total of 4,000 liters of water were distributed using ACT's Humanity Water Tank. From afternoon to evening, the water was immediately carried by the residents to their respective homes.