Jakarta, Indonesia – Being an archipelago, Indonesia is prone to floods and water problems. Its capital, Jakarta, lies in a low flat basin, averaging 7 meters (23 ft.) above sea level. It is a delta of 13 rivers with 40% of its land below sea level, which makes it very vulnerable to flooding. Besides flood from the rivers, Jakarta is also sinking about 5 to 10 centimeters each year and up to 20 centimeters in northern Jakarta mainland.
There is enough water that runs in the city’s system. However, there are also a lot of people who are risking their lives in search for clean water. Sanitation and a clean bill of health are also considered one of the major issues that affect Indonesian people. With 14,000 people per square meter, Jakarta is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
On 6 June 2007, the city administration introduced the Waterway (officially Angkutan Sungai), a new river boat service along the Ciliwung River. However, because of the large amount of floating garbage which kept jamming the propeller, it is no longer in service. The varying water levels during the dry and wet seasons were also a contributing factor to the close-down.
There are two types of urban infrastructure. One could be considered as ÔÇÿhard’ infrastructure like roads, bridges, ports, rail, tunnels, airports and public buildings. The hard infrastructure can be considered as passive where the end users effectively ÔÇÿself serve’ when required. The other is the ÔÇÿsoft’ infrastructure such as water, sanitation, electricity, solid waste collection, telephone, communication and information systems. The soft urban infrastructure is more active and need to be operated by someone to deliver the service. The assets (pipes, cables, wires, masts etc) associated with the soft urban infrastructure are largely silent and usually invisible to direct view until something goes wrong.
Axis Capital Group, along with other government and private sectors in the country are continuously seeking solutions for water system in Indonesia. In order to respond to imminent threats that climate change and all other factors have posed for Jakarta, the city has introduced key actions including increasing canal and river capacity with a water body to land ratio target of 5% for the city, dredging the rivers and restoring reservoir. Improving the drainage system across the city and promoting public awareness are also some of their major objectives.
With the pure goal of leading the country to progress and clean and healthy environment, the only hope of each individual is to keep away from fraud that may affect the primary goal. Mother Nature already posed a warning for each individual and it’s the people’s responsibility to answer this call.
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