Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Water supply in Jakarta

It is so easy to take for granted the simple act of turning on the tap and getting clean water.
We have a standing competition for years about who's water tastes best- Sydney or Brisbane's?
We always ignore Melbourne, and every one knows that Adelaide's tastes foul!

Now our eyes have been opened up to what a huge proportion of the world live with.

This is the pump that supplies our house with water. All our water comes from an underground well. The water is not treated in any way and is most likely very contaminated from septic run off.

If the power goes out we have no water.......We do have a large orange tank on the roof for emergency supply. If the well dries up we will have no water......

We use this water to bathe in (gives you lovely soft hair) and wash the clothes and dishes.

We do not, CAN NOT drink this water or cook with it. We can afford to buy bottled water to do all this.

Many people can't.

This is life in Jakarta.


Laurel Wreath said...

It is so true how much we take for granted, everyday things we don't even think about.

Beni Bevly said...

It's hard to believe, after 10 years I left Jakarta, the water supply system is still the same. Basically there is no improvement made.