Government Accelerates Water Infrastructure Development Project

Government Accelerates Water Infrastructure Development Project The Director General of Public Works and Housing Infrastructure Financing of the PUPR Ministry, Herry Trisaputra Zuna. (Photo by: Lintas)
The Director General of Public Works and Housing Infrastructure Financing of the PUPR Ministry, Herry Trisaputra Zuna, acknowledged that Indonesia's water infrastructure is still lagging behind other countries.

"In terms of water infrastructure, Indonesia is still far behind compared to other countries. The water coverage only reaches 50 cubic meters per capita per year, while other countries are in the 1000s and more. So we still have a lot to do to fulfil this.", said Herry in a special dialogue with the theme "Water for Mutual Prosperity-Towards the 10th World Water Forum 2024 in Bali" organized by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing with CNBC Indonesia, Tuesday (6/12/2022).

Therefore, in the Medium Term Development Plan (RPJM), the government, he said, has set development targets up to 2024. The development scope includes building 61 dams, 500 thousand hectares of irrigation, as many as 2 million rehabilitation, 50 cubic meters of raw water per second, and the construction of 500 ponds.

"So this is all that we are targeting up to 2024. But there is still much more we have to provide," said Herry.

However, in relation to infrastructure development, it turns out that the government is still experiencing many obstacles in terms of financing. Because funding from the government itself is only around 30%, based on the RPJM, it is 37%.

"This means we have to find a solution for the rest in the form of funding outside the State Budget (APBN). Here we are thinking, how about creative financing, how can we invite private investors, so they can contribute to increasing infrastructure development capacity, especially water resources," he explained.

Meanwhile, Herry said that Indonesia's pipeline coverage for drinking water was only 20%. Indonesia still had to work on another 80% to reach 100% so that all Indonesian people could access drinking water entirely.

The average piping coverage for countries in Asia is currently at 70%. This means that Indonesia is still very far behind, and for the 80% development that must be pursued, he continued, it would be very challenging if it was only carried out with state budget funding.

"The closest to us is drinking water. Indonesia is at 20% of its pipeline coverage. Imagine, Laos is already above that, so we are below Laos. Asia is already 70%. (Then) how do we go to 100%, meaning there is 80% what else we have to do together, which is not possible if all use the State Budget," he concluded. 

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