For Immediate Release
SURABAYA – The U.S. Government announced the creation of 900 new water infiltration ponds in Mojokerto to alleviate water shortages in the district. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in close collaboration with the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia, constructed the ponds which are expected to both increase water supply and reduce flooding.
“Water is a basic human need, but for many, accessing safe, clean water is not a reality,” said U.S. Consul General in Surabaya Joaquin Monserrate. “The United States is committed to work hand in hand with the Government of Indonesia and community members to ensure access to clean and safe water.”
Many local water utilities (PDAMs), including ones in Mojokerto, are experiencing water supply shortages from a decline in local aquifers. In response, USAID’s Indonesia Urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IUWASH) project collaborated with local communities to build “infiltration ponds” to act as small pools to capture rainwater, and allow it to infiltrate into the ground to replenish the aquifers.
The Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia has been a key partner in building these ponds as part of their global “Water Replenish” initiative.
USAID’s $37 million dollar IUWASH program operates in 54 cities and districts throughout Indonesia to help increase access to clean water and sanitation for nearly 2 million people. The IUWASH program is an important component of the United States’ commitment to collaborate with Indonesia on environmental and health programs under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.
Last updated: February 13, 2014