Sepaku Semoi Dam will begin filling with water in 2023 to provide drinking water to IKN

62130207666b1 Sepaku Semoi Dam. Photo by: PUPR

Source: Kompas
Date: 21 April, 2022

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Secretary-General of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Mohamad Zainal Fatah said the Sepaku Semoi Dam in Penajam Paser Utara, East Kalimantan, will begin to be filled with water (impounding) in 2023. 

Fatah said the dam will supply drinking water to the National Capital (IKN) of the Archipelago. 

"I came to see the Sepaku Semoi Dam, hopefully later in 2023 we can start impounding.  Thus later the capital city of our beloved country will get sufficient water supply," said Fatah at the Zero Point IKN Nusantara, Penajam Paser Utara, Wednesday (20/4/2022). 

Fatah explained that the Sepaku Semoi Dam will not only serve to provide drinking water supply for IKN Nusantara but also reduce the potential for flooding.

Fatah also hopes that residents living around the IKN Nusantara project will pray for the project to be successful. 

"This is an offering from our hands, employees at the Ministry of PUPR, giving our service, hopefully we can realize this IKN together," said Fatah. 

In addition, he also asked the public not to hesitate to reprimand the PUPR Ministry employees who acted inappropriately in the construction of the project. 

The Sepaku Semoi Dam has an inundated area of 280 hectares with a capacity of 10.6 million cubic meters. This dam has been planned for a long time to meet the raw water needs of Balikpapan City.

However, with the IKN, it will be optimized to supply raw water with a capacity of 2,500 liters per second and reduce flooding by 55 percent.

"With the Sepaku Semoi Dam, the supply of raw water for IKN is still sufficient until 2030," said PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono as quoted from the PUPR Ministry's official website, Tuesday (19/04/2022).

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