Water access & sanitation in Indonesia TODAY?

It all starts with water. Water is the source of life for millions of living things worldwide. Starting from the smallest creatures, humans need water for their life activities. Talking about water is closely related to sanitation. What if the quality of the water and sanitation provided is inadequate? Various diseases will easily attack and spread in other places.

The latest data shows Indonesia has increased access to clean water and proper sanitation, but adequate quality standards must match it. Minister of Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency Suharso Monoarfa revealed that access to appropriate sanitation in Indonesia increased from 55 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2021. This is in line with SDG’s goal point 6, namely access and management of clean water and proper sanitation for all. The SDGs target at point 6,
1. By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
2. By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
3. By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating waste disposal and minimizing the disposal of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater, and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
4. By 2030, substantially increase the efficient use of water in all sectors and ensure sustainable uptake and supply of clean water to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people experiencing water scarcity
5. By 2030, implement integrated water resource management at all levels, including through cross-border cooperation as appropriate
6. By 2020, protect and improve water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, swamps, rivers, watersheds, and lakes
• By 2030, increase international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water and sanitation-related activities and programs, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling, and reuse technologies
• Support and strengthen local community participation in improving water and sanitation management

On the other hand, the Deputy for Facilities and Infrastructure of the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas Josaphat Rizal Primana emphasized that Indonesia’s long-term targets discussed at the SMM SWA 2022 include facilitation of strengthening the profile of the drinking water and sanitation sector to meet the TPB/SDGs, especially Goal 6: Clean Water and Proper Sanitation as an entry point for economic recovery and public health after the Covid-19 pandemic. Another target is to build understanding and commitment from decision makers, both from government institutions and development partners, to strengthen the drinking and sanitation sector and establish sustainable partnerships in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector.

“In order to achieve the target of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan for the access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Indonesia, it is necessary to increase access by two to three times per year. Various efforts have been made through collaboration between sector and between levels of government, such as infrastructure development, institutional strengthening, behavior change, and service innovation,” said Deputy for Facilities and Infrastructure at the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas Josaphat Rizal Primana.

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