The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) built a raw water transmission pipeline network in the Districts of Jagebob, Tanah Miring, and Semangga, Merauke City.
This gradual development is to provide clean water needs along with the increase in the population of Merauke.
In addition, to overcome the problem of the difficulty of clean water experienced by residents during the dry season which results in reduced raw water sources in Blue Rawa.
According to PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, the provision of clean water plays an important role in the development of Indonesian human resources because it influences the quality of health and reduces the risk of diseases such as diarrhea.
“Provision of 100 percent clean water access for all communities is the target of the government and efforts to realize the target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Basuki said through written information on Wednesday (11/21/2018).
To note, the Merauke Papua River Region Office, the Directorate General of Water Resources, the Ministry of PUPR, has built a 33.34 kilometer transmission pipeline network with a total budget of Rp. 208 billion in 2013 to 2016.
Then, from 2018 to 2019, construction will continue with the addition of a 15.94 kilometer transmission pipeline network.
The network is equipped with intake buildings, boosters, a 37.5 meter long water bridge unit, and four 15 meter long water bridges.
The source of raw water used comes from the Maro River in Merauke Regency with a capacity of 350 liters per second.
The construction of the intake and raw water transmission pipeline network was carried out by the contractor PT Minarta Dutahutama starting from September 28, 2018 to December 13, 2019 with a contract value of Rp. 93.9 billion.
The supervising consultant was carried out by PT Wecon with a contract value of Rp. 2.3 billion originating from the State Sharia Securities (SBSN).
Until mid-November 2018, the progress of the process is only 15 percent. Later the distribution of water to people’s homes will be channeled through the Water Treatment Plant.
The distribution network is mainly carried out by the Directorate General of Cipta Karya, while the process and costs of land acquisition are carried out by the Merauke Regency Government.