Like many big cities in the developing world, the city of Jakarta, with a population of nine million people, is struggling to provide clean water to all its residents.
In some poor neighborhoods international organizations like Mercy Corps and its Communal Master Meter project (small community-managed piped water system), are trying to help. Some 55 families in Penjaringan paid a $20 start-up fee to get connected to a small piped water network. These families now have easier access, cleaner water and lower costs.
However, the impact of such initiatives is minimal because the infrastructure problems are so complex and expensive to fix, and access is often controlled by the water mafia.
Read more about water costs and The Price Of Clean Water in Jakarta (Titania Veda, Jakarta Globe, 06 Jun 2010)
Read more about Jakarta’s water mafia in “Pay Up: How the Water Mafia Controls Access” (Hera Diani, Pay Up: How the Water Mafia Controls Access, Jakarta Globe, 24 Jul 2010)
Related web site: Mercy Corps Indonesia – HP3 Project (Healthy Places Prosperous People)
See the VOA News video of this story below or read the transcript (Sara Schonhardt, VOANews, 04 Aug 2010)