Thousands of Liters of Water to Ease Drought in Sembalun

Around 13,000 liters of water was distributed at one of seven distribution locations in Sajang Village of Sembalun.

ACTNews, LOMBOK - Tens of mothers in Bawak Nao Lao Hamlet, Sajang Village, Sembalun Subdistrict, East Lombok, rushed to put their buckets on the side of the road when the Humanity Water Tank passed by. Collaborating with Peace Wind Japan (PWJ), the distribution of tens of thousands of liters of clean water was carried out in response to the drought that has hit Sajang Village. It's been three months since the rain last fell in the village. They are all suffering from water crisis.

"The water does not flow at all. Usually we buy one tank of water for IDR 100,000, and that's enough for just a week, for personal hygiene and cooking. Alhamdulillah, the water from the ACT water tank is free. So we don't need to spend any more money to buy water," said Pindiani, one of the residents who was waiting for their buckets to be fulfilled, last Wednesday (8/14).

Before the earthquake shook Sembalun, Pindiani usually got the water from pipes that carried the water directly from the slope of Mount Rinjani. However, according to Ruslan Abdul Gani as the Coordinator of the Humanity Water Tank in Sembalun, the pipes have not been working since the earthquake.

On that day, around 300 families received water from two Humanity Water Tanks that visited the Bawak Nao Lao hamlet. The two water tank trucks went back and forth twice to collect the water from the main tank in Sembalun Lawang Village, approximately 16 kilometers away from Sajang Village.

"In one cycle, we distribute 1,200 liters of clean water to the local residents from just one tank. Each day, we can distribute up to 13,200 liters in one of the seven distribution points in Sajang Village," Ruslan said. Ruslan hoped that the regular distribution of clean water can alleviate the drought that has hit Sembalun area for several months.

The distribution of clean water at that time was the second phase carried out in Sembalun. The first phase was carried out after the Lombok earthquake until the end of 2018 because water pipes from the slope of Mount Rinjani were buried by landslides, while water was urgently needed due to the earthquake. Meanwhile, the second phase was carried out again last March when the rainy season was over and the dry season began, which caused the river that was used by the community to dry completely. []