Water Crisis, East Lombok Residents Receive 105,000 Liters of Water

In this dry season, the residents of East Lombok suffer from water crisis. To alleviate this, ACT West Nusa Tenggara distributes thousands of liters of water to several villages in Lombok.

ACTNews, LOMBOK TIMUR – ACT and East Lombok Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD East Lombok) sent 21 clean water tank trucks with a total load of 105,000 liters of water, Thursday (8/22). The tank truck distributes clean water in every hamlet that experiences clean water scarcity in East Lombok Regency.

The ceremony was held at Al Muntaha Mosque, Turuk Hamlet, Sekaroh Village, Jerowaru Sibdistrict and began with speeches from BPBD, Sekaroh Village Head, and ACT West Nusa Tenggara. In his speech, Lalu Habib of BPBD East Lombok stated that the collaboration initiated by ACT and BPBD East Lombok is a good collaboration to help the community. "ACT as an NGO is directly involved in helping the community. This action is very helpful for BPBD. We hope that such cooperation will continue," Habib said.

Mansur, Head of Sekaroh Village, explained that many of the villagers are poor. According to Mansur, the residents have to buy clean water for drinking and laundry, while for shower they still rely on the brackish water of their wells.

ACT West Nusa Tenggara Branch Manager, Lalu Muhammad Alfian, revealed that the distribution of clean water in Sekaroh Village had begun since early June. A total of 21 clean water tanks that were launched by ACT NTB on Thursday (8/22) continue the water distribution that has begun since the Lombok earthquake a year ago.

"We hope that by sending a large number of clean water tank trucks will inspire the community to help. Hopefully, more people will be moved to help those in need, whether in the form of water donations or waqf wells, "Alfian said.

Not only in Jerowaru Subdistrict, but the drought also affects the residents of Sajang Village, Sembalun Subdistrict. Since March, ACT West Nusa Tenggara has continued to supply clean water to the village. In addition to East Lombok, according to the ACT West Nusa Tenggara’s assessment, the water crisis also afflicts the residents of Sekotong in West Lombok and Jeringo in North Lombok.

Based on Indonesian Bureau of Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG)’s observation, until early August 2019, several regions have experienced extreme levels of drought. A number of regions recorded no rainfall for more than 90 days. This condition caused severe water crisis and negatively impacts agriculture.

ACT has responded to the drought by distributing clean water. ACT aims to distribute 2.1 million liters of clean water from 28 ACT Branch Offices, with a total of 500,000 beneficiaries per day. In the last four months, ACT has initiated approximately 1,400 waqf wells throughout Indonesia. []