Clean water and sanitation are basic human needs. One of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG 6 is to ensure that the community achieves universal access to clean water and sanitation. Otherwise, The World Bank warned that 780 million people do not have access to clean water and more than 2 billion people on earth do not have access to sanitation. As a result, thousands of lives are lost every day and material losses are up to 7 percent of world GDP. Indonesia, which the majority of its territorial are waters, cannot be separated from this problem. Based on 2013 data from the Central Statistics Agency, only 67 percent of Indonesians have access to clean water services and 59 percent have proper sanitation.
That’s why Senyum Untuk Negeri and AQUA collaborated on the WASH 2020 program to increase access to clean water and sanitation. This program is implemented with an integrated approach and prioritizes the cooperation of relevant stakeholders which is in line with their pillar (community involvement and empowerment).
This program is a procurement program of communal septic tanks in the Medan Satria Village, Bekasi. The results of the IUWASH research stated that the community still carried out open defecation activities because the community did not have access to good sanitation. In this case, they did not have a proper septic tank.