Paper mills improve community health and safety with access to clean water

Description: it’s often taken for granted in the western world, clean water is still considered a luxury in much of Indonesia. By drilling wells, building pumping stations and constructing public washrooms in the communities where they operate, APP and its partner companies provide their neighbors with exactly what they covet: safe, clean and reliable sources of water.

For example, villagers near PT Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk (Tjiwi Kimia) in Mojokerto once drew water from old-fashioned wells using buckets and pulleys. In the dry season, fresh water was tough to come by and its quality was poor.

Those issues are now history.

Working with community leaders, Tjiwi Kimia built a clean-water delivery system, connecting the mill’s water treatment facility with water towers, pumps and wells in the village. As a result, residents like Siti Halimah have pretty much retired their buckets and pulleys.

“We still have the old wells, but the treatment facilities provided by Tjiwi Kimia makes the water much cleaner and the amount of water we recieve is more abundant and easier to access,” Halimah said. “Now I can safely use it for washing, drinking, bathing, cooking and all other household needs.”

Like Halimah, Daman, who is the leader of the village located near the PT Pindo Deli Pulp and Paper Mills (Pindo Deli) in Karawang, is grateful to have access to a clean water supply. Pindo Deli has installed new and proper public washrooms for local communities who live surrounding the operation, including in Daman's village.

“We asked the company for a public washroom because it was so difficult for us to get clean water,” said Daman, the village leader.

Daman’s neighbor, Iyoh, also commented on the installation: “We used to have to go to the river to bathe and brush our teeth. Now we are so glad that we don’t have to do that anymore.”

Iyoh’s experience is also felt by Haji Muhammad Tharmin, who lives in village surrounding the PT Lontar Papyrus Pulp & Paper Industries (Lontar Paprus). The company drilled a deep water well and pumping system. Before the installation, Thamrin and his neighbors had to wait for trucks to deliver the clean water in tanks each day. However, not that has changed. Today, whenever they need clean water, they just turn on the tap.

14.08.2019 | Asia P.
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