Providing a Clean Water Source on the Bank of the Opak River

In Potrobayan Hamlet, Bantul, which borders the Opak River, the water is often smelly. However, this will no longer be a problem as the Waqf Well is almost finished and ready to be used by the community.

Providing a Clean Water Source on the Bank of the Opak River' photo
The construction of the Waqf Well at the Baitul Qur'an Cendekia Islamic Boarding School complex, Bantul. The well can also be used by the surrounding community. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANTUL - Potrobayan Hamlet, Srihardono, Pundong District, Bantul Regency is located on the banks of the Opak River. Despite being located very close to the river, clean water scarcity is still one of the problems the locals have to deal with in the dry season. They rely on the shallow wells that they dig. Often, the water is smelly and unsuitable for consumption.

"The only way to get clean water that is suitable for consumption is to dig a deep well," said Onny Leo from the Global Wakaf-ACT team who was overseeing the construction of the Waqf Well in Potrobayan.

A deep well funded by the waqf funds channeled through Global Wakaf  - ACT is currently being built in Baitul Qur'an Cendekia Islamic Boarding School in Potrobayan Hamlet. The surrounding community will also be able to take water from the well. Baitul Qur'an Cendekia Islamic Boarding School is an Islamic educational institution at the junior high school level for students who want to memorize the Quran. The Islamic boarding school itself is still under construction.

Mustofa, Head of the Baitul Qur'an Islamic Boarding School Foundation, expressed his gratitude for the construction of the Waqf Well. The waqf well is expected to be a solution to water scarcity. "Students, staff members, and the surrounding community will be happy about this well," said Mustofa, Monday (11/30).

In addition to the Waqf Well, Global Wakaf is also building supporting facilities that consist of five toilets and a water reservoir that can hold up to 1,000 liters of water. The well and the supporting facilities are the manifestation of the benefits of waqf funds for the wider community. Hopefully, more waqf wells can be built in other areas in the Special Region of Yogyakarta as the support from the community continues.

As of early December, there have been 35 Waqf Wells built in the Special Region of Yogyakarta. Four wells were built in Bantul, thirty in Gunungkidul, and one in Yogyakarta City. The wells were built in areas prone to drought such as Gunungkidul. In the future, with the support of the community, more wells will be built in more locations. "Please visit Indonesia Dermawan website if you wish to support the Waqf Well program. Let's help our brothers and sisters who are still having trouble getting clean water,” asked Onny. []

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