The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
One-hundred-and-sixty local-government water firms (PDAM) in Indonesia, or about 75 percent of the 223 audited by the Development Finance Controller (BPKP), performed poorly this year.
The BPKP says in a report that the firms suffered total losses of Rp 1.2 trillion (around US$138 million) from water leakage, while some of them had difficulties in repaying their debts, which cumulatively stood at Rp 5.6 trillion as of the end of 2006.
The report said that water loss this year, as in other years, was the result of broken meters, leaking pipes, maladministration, illegal connections and the absence of central distribution meters.
Besides the 223 firms that were audited, the country has another 165 local-government water companies that were excluded from the BPKP audit.
Godman Ambarita, the executive director of the Indonesian Water Supply Association (Perpamsi), which represents local-government water firms, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that water leakage from all of the country's public-sector water companies averaged 35 percent of total production.
Godman said that of the country's 388 water companies, only 30 of them, or 10 percent, made profits amounting to 20 percent of their cash flows, while total borrowings were estimated at around Rp 6 trillion as of the end of 2007.
Godman said that in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Perpamsi had organized workshops and training events with support from the World Bank to help improve water supplies and management.
"As part of the effort to increase water supplies, we held a workshop on asset management to reduce water leakage by 20 percent by 2015," he said.
Meanwhile, to improve the performance of companies, Godman said the association planned to encourage the merger of firms operating in the same administrative regions, such as in Banten province.
He added that the preparations for the merger of water firms in Banten, which commenced in 2005 in cooperation with VNG International of the Netherlands, were expected to be finished next year. (nkn)
“.. Nuclear Power Revealed
So let me tell you what else they did. They just showed you what's wrong with nuclear power. "Safe to the maximum," they said. "Our devices are strong and cannot fail." But they did. They are no match for Gaia.
It seems that for more than 20 years, every single time we sit in the chair and speak of electric power, we tell you that hundreds of thousands of tons of push/pull energy on a regular schedule is available to you. It is moon-driven, forever. It can make all of the electricity for all of the cities on your planet, no matter how much you use. There's no environmental impact at all. Use the power of the tides, the oceans, the waves in clever ways. Use them in a bigger way than any designer has ever put together yet, to power your cities. The largest cities on your planet are on the coasts, and that's where the power source is. Hydro is the answer. It's not dangerous. You've ignored it because it seems harder to engineer and it's not in a controlled environment. Yet, you've chosen to build one of the most complex and dangerous steam engines on Earth - nuclear power.
We also have indicated that all you have to do is dig down deep enough and the planet will give you heat. It's right below the surface, not too far away all the time. You'll have a Gaia steam engine that way, too. There's no danger at all and you don't have to dig that far. All you have to do is heat fluid, and there are some fluids that boil far faster than water. So we say it again and again. Maybe this will show you what's wrong with what you've been doing, and this will turn the attitudes of your science to create something so beautiful and so powerful for your grandchildren. Why do you think you were given the moon? Now you know.
This benevolent Universe gave you an astral body that allows the waters in your ocean to push and pull and push on the most regular schedule of anything you know of. Yet there you sit enjoying just looking at it instead of using it. It could be enormous, free energy forever, ready to be converted when you design the methods of capturing it. It's time. …”
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Water bodies not performing: Report
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta