Water Crisis in Gunungkidul Despite Rainy Season

Water Crisis in Gunungkidul Despite Rainy Season

ACTNews, GUNUNGKIDUL – According to Indonesian Bureau of Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), heavy rain is expected to shower down throughout Indonesia this October. Unfortunately, even as rainy season is approaching, Gunungkidul is still parched.

Gunungkidul is kniwn for its karst regions. During dry season, the only place to find water is 60-120 meters beneath the ground. Gunungkidul has been suffering from water crisis for months, and the locals have to buy water to fulfill their need.  

Since March, the people of Krambil Hamlet, Girisekar Village, Gunungkidul have been suffering from water crisis. Responding to this situation, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY) distributed 15,000 liters of water to the local villagers and supplied it in their water storage tanks and wells.

“ACT and MRI DIY will keep supplying clean water until rain falls on Gunungkidul. May the drought in Gunungkidul ends soon,” said Kharis Pradana, Program Coordinator of ACT DIY.

Last Month, in mid-September, 15,000 liters of water was distributed to the villagers of Dringo Hamlet, Girijati Village. The local chief, Santusu expressed his concern for his people. According to Santusu, the villagers have to spend a lot of money just for water.

“Most of the villagers buy approximately 18 tanks of water that costs around IDR 150-200 thousand each tank. Although the water from Local Water Supply Utility (PDAM) has reached this village, but it does not flow regularly. For the last seven months, the water only flows twice in limited amount,” said Santusu.

The clean water distribution by ACT – MRI DIY has started since June. To this day, ACT DIY has distributed clean water to a number of regions affected by water crisis in Gunungkidul, such as Gedangsari, Ngawen, Samin, Paliyan, Purwosari and Girisubo sub-districts.

“We will also distribute clean water to Saptosari and Tanjungsari sub-districts,” Pradana concluded. []



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