Kampung Pasir Angin Lacks Clean Water Sources

The residents of Pasir Angin in Sukahening, Tasikmalaya, can’t get clean water not only during dry season but also when the pipeline that supply water to several villages in the area breaks.

Female farmers of Kampung Pasir Angin coming back from the rice fields. Towards the end of 2020, the upcoming drought can affect their agricultural yields. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, TASIKMALAYA – In the midst of the lush rice fields, and the cold mountain air of Kampung Pasir Angin in Banyurasa Village, Sukahening District, Tasikmalaya Regency, none would expect that the locals have been having difficulties to get clean water. The spring that becomes the only water source for this hamlet is located quite far away in their neighboring village.

They built pipeline to bring the water from the spring to Kampung Pasir Angin. As long as the pipeline is not broken, Pasir Angin residents have no problem in obtaining clean water. The problem comes when the pipeline leaks or breaks. If this is the case, the residents of Pasir Angin must search for the leakage for hundreds of meters.

"A few weeks ago, some of the residents had to search for a leakage because the water was not running," said Yoyo, a resident who is also a community leader, Monday (8/3).

This August, the amount of water in Kampung Pasir Angin has started decreasing due to drought. At Yoyo's house, for example, the water doesn’t run as steadily as it did because the water in the spring has started decreasing. This poses a problem for the whole hamlet because a total of about 400 families or around 800 people take water from the spring.

Drought is a major problem that the Pasir Angin villagers face every year. In 2019, during the long dry season, Pasir Angin was also affected by the drought. If this happens again in 2020, the locals have to look for water outside the village, use dirty water for agricultural purposes and even leave their plantations dry.

The water crisis happens because the village is located atop the hill. Additionally, the locals can’t afford to dig a borehole water well. "Drilling a borehole well is expensive," said Dede, a Pasir Angin resident.

Most of the locals are farmers while some of them are merchants and unemployed. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the locals were already living in difficulties. The current situation squeezes the local economy even more. Business has been hampered, while the local farmers are facing the threat of pests and ensnared by the middlemen. Without enough employment opportunities, many of the young have been jobless at their productive age.

"Not only a solution to the water crisis that affects 800 people in the hamlet, we also need help to solve the problem of unemployment and hampered agriculture," added Dede. []