Regional Disaster Management Agency of DKI urges residents to save water in anticipation of drought

sejumlah-pengendara-motor-melintas-di-jembatan-bendung-katulampa-kota_210728204706-313 A number of motorcyclists cross the Katulampa Dam bridge, Bogor City, West Java, which dries up in the dry season. Photo by: Republika

Date: May 10, 2022

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The DKI Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) appealed to Jakarta residents to save water to anticipate the dry season which is predicted to start in June 2022. This includes checking gas cylinders regularly to prevent fires.

"We urge the public to be vigilant and invite the public to anticipate by starting to save water, and make it a new lifestyle. We also need to anticipate the threat of fire disasters in buildings and settlements as a form of vigilance against the impact of drought in this dry season," said the Chief Executive. Jakarta BPBD Isnawa Adji in Jakarta, Monday.

Isnawa explained that public awareness needs to be increased because based on the forecast for the dry season in Indonesia in 2022 released by the BMKG, on average the DKI Jakarta area has entered the beginning of the dry season in April 2022, and for the East Jakarta and South Jakarta areas it will enter the beginning of the dry season in March. June 2022.

The impact of the dry season can cause drought which results in scarcity of clean water and also increased air pollution. According to DKI BPBD data, in the last five years (2017-2021), the dry season has an impact on the community.

Even at that time, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government established a Clean Water Task Force in September 2019 to ensure that clean water supplies were available to the community.

To anticipate drought during the dry season, Isnawa said that his party is coordinating with the Mayors/Regents to calculate the need for clean water, especially for people who are in drought-prone areas and for areas that have not been served by clean water networks.

"We in the ranks of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government coordinate with each other to anticipate the impact of drought due to the dry season, especially with the Water Resources Service (SDA) and PD PAM Jaya who are on standby for mobile Water Treatment Plants (IPA) as well as water tank cars to be ready to meet the needs of the people. clean water for Jakarta residents when there is a drought," Isnawa said.

BMKG also estimates that the nature of the rain will be above normal, namely the dry season rainfall is higher than the climatological average. Meanwhile, the peak of the dry season is predicted to occur in July-September 2022.

The BMKG noted that in the last week during the period from 1-7 May 2022, the maximum temperature measured ranged from 33-36.1 degrees Celsius. BMKG ensured that the hot air temperature that occurred was not a heat wave phenomenon, but was triggered by several factors, such as the apparent position of the sun, which is now north of the equator.

This indicates that some parts of Indonesia will begin to enter the dry season. The dominance of sunny weather and low cloud levels can optimize the reception of sunlight on the earth's surface, so that the temperature conditions felt by the community become quite hot during the day. 

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