Pandeglang Residents Have No Clean, Drinkable Water

Drought is still affecting a number of regions, including Pandeglang Regency of Banten. A number of residents in Sukaresmi subdistrict has no clean, drinkable water.

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ACTNews, PANDEGLANG - It hasn't rained for several months in Pandeglang. The water sources in Sukaresmi Subdistrict, Pandeglang, Banten began to dry up. Even if there is some water, it is murky like lime water and smells of rust. The water also tastes salty and its color sometimes turns brownish.

This was the report from by the Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) - ACT Banten team. According to Fakih Umar Yasin from the ACT MRI-Banten team, the residents have been relying solely on rainwater. Consequently, during this dry season, they no longer have clean water sources. "It has not been raining for several months. People who usually collect rainwater are forced to buy clean water for IDR 6,000 a gallon," Fakih explained.

They have to pay a high amount of money to fulfill their daily water needs, which can be more than one gallon for a family. "Due to economic difficulties, not all of them can buy clean water," Fakih added.

Friday (7/26) afternoon, the team distributed clean water for the residents of Sukaresmi Subdistrict, precisely in Kubang Kampil Village. "The team distributed clean water to three neighborhood groups (RTs) in Kubang Kampil Village with the total beneficiaries of 321 people," reported Fakih.

The MRI-ACT Banten team will continue to monitor and try to provide water supplies for the residents affected by drought in the Banten region.

In addition to Pandeglang, the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) reported that the drought also occurred in Lebak Regency. Meanwhile, six provinces in Indonesia have issued emergency alert status for drought as well as forest and land fires. These provinces are Riau, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and Jambi. []