Waqf Well, A Long-Term Solution to Cibarusah Drought

Most of the villagers don't have their own water wells. During dry season, they don;t have clean water that they can use.

ACTNews, BEKASI - The groundbreaking ceremony led by Ridogalih Village Head, Komarudin, marks the beginning of the construction of the Waqf Well in the village. The construction of the Waqf Well is one of the long-term solutions to the drought that has frequently hit Gempol II Hamlet in Cibarusah Subdistrict, Bekasi Regency.

The borehole well, located behind the Al-Barkah Mosque in Gempol II Hamlet, become a hope for the local residents to deal with the drought. Komarudin said that most residents do not have their own wells yet because they can’t afford it. To build deep wells, it costs more than IDR 10,000,000.

"Because our village is a barren region, many of the local residents don’t have their own wells because of the economic difficulty. Even if we dig for hundreds of meter, there’s still probably no water. There’s an 80-meter-deep well near my house. It has a lot of water, but it tastes salty," Komarudin said on Thursday (8/23).

However, when they are in dire need of water, Komarudin admitted that many villagers end up buying it. Masrifah, one of the residents of Ridogalih Village, spends at least IDR 50,000 every week for personal hygiene and cooking.

"Sometimes if we have money, we like to buy it, the price is IDR 50,000 for one small water container. Sometimes, it finishes in a week, sometimes less than that, depending on our need, "said Masrifah. In addition, Masrifah also relies on the water distribution that comes once a week from various parties, including Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), which distributed water that day.

Ridogalih Village is often afflicted with drought. Komarudin recounted that a few years ago, the drought hit the village for seven months. Therefore, he feels grateful for the Waqf Well which serves as a long-term solution to the drought.

"As the village head, I feel proud and grateful to all of those who have provided us with a long-term solution to the drought through the Waqf Well, both Global Wakaf, and the waqf donors who have endowed this well," Komarudin said.