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PostSubject: WATER EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK   Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:38 am

Jakarta. WhileLombok is surrounded by the shimmering cobalt-blue water usually seenon postcards, getting a glass of the stuff that is safe to drink isn’teasy for many of the island’s residents.

“We have to buywater. We need about 50 liters a day, and that means Rp 6,000 [65cents] leaves our pockets, or about what we pay for a kilogram ofrice,” Inaq Sahati said.

And that is bad news for the45-year-old fisherman, who is already struggling to eke out a living inthe drought-hit village of Bilelando in Central Lombok.

Inaq’sand the other 117 families in the village share the same problem: cleanwater is extremely scarce, and has been for more than 30 years.

Whenmoney is short, which is often, the residents of Bilelando go withoutby substituting clean water for brackish irrigation water for bathing.

Itis either that or send one of the women or children to Bebao, aneighboring village some five kilometers away, on a multihour missionto fetch a single pail of water.

Despite the ever-presentthreat of disease and the losses in productivity, residents say thattheir pleas to the local administration for a reservoir or a water tankhave been ignored for decades.

It is the same story inNieleando, a small coastal village about 50 kilometers from theprovincial capital, Mataram, which has seen dry wells for years.

Everyso often, the local government does send out a few water trucks, butthat effort leads to the type of melees usually found in disaster-hitareas.

Conflicts are quick to erupt between villagers and theworkers from the provincial disaster mitigation task force who arecharged with distributing the water.

“We are used to fightingover water. It is far more acceptable if rice is stolen from us thanwater,” said one resident as she jostled with other villagers to stayat the front of the line.

Abdullah, who is the head of thevillage’s Kelongkong hamlet, said that despite government promises tosend the trucks twice a week, only two deliveries were made to thevillage this year.

According to data from the district’ssocial welfare office, water shortages are at the top of a long list ofmounting social woes facing Central Lombok.

But nowhere is itmore pronounced than the subdistricts of Jonggat, Janapria, PrayaTimur, Praya Barat, Praya Barat Daya and Pujut. All six subdistrictshave been declared drought areas by provincial authorities.

“Besidesthe absence of rain for the past six months, because of thegeographical conditions and the way the settlements are spread out onthe coast, it makes accessibility difficult, further aggravating thewater crisis,” said Muhammad Rusli, who heads the district’s socialwelfare office.

Rusli said his office had deployed four trucks to two hamlets on Wednesday, but doubted whether it would do much good.

“If this goes on, disorder may creep in. A reservoir should be built,” he said.


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PostSubject: Swimming   Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:00 am

And 40 kilometers away in Ampenan and Mataram you can swim in the streets after the rainfall every afternoon these days.
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PostSubject: Re: WATER EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK   Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:44 pm

tjabemerah wrote:
And 40 kilometers away in Ampenan and Mataram you can swim in the streets after the rainfall every afternoon these days.

Not only there but also the Jayakarta near Meninting and the Sheraton in Senggigi have new natural swimming pool areas a-la knee deep flooded roads out the front of the hotels.

But the rain will clear today and sunshine return as I have now left Lombok and returned home to go back to work. Definately no more all day deluged for Lombok for a while.
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