On July 17, 2018, USAID IUWASH PLUS in collaboration with USAID APIK conducted a workshop for promoting the Spring Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan (KKMA/Kajian Kerentanan Mata Air) program and groundwater conservation in Batu city. This event aimed to share information to the Batu city government on the KKMA concept, background, and activities that USAID IUWASH PLUS and USAID APIK will carry out in Batu city as well as to establish the KKMA team.
Through the workshop, USAID IUWASH PLUS and USAID APIK expected to obtain commitment from the city government and community members to support the KKMA program. The results of KKMA program will be used to develop conservation action plans to sustain the springs debit and quality to provide raw water for PDAM and community members.
The Head of Planning, Facilities, and Infrastructure of Batu City, Endro W emphasized that the Batu city government fully supported the KKMA program. He acknowledged that KKMA will be helpful to address the environmental problems in Batu city because it is located in Brantas River upstream. “I hope KKMA will help the districts in East Java where Brantas River flows address problems related to water resources, such as flood and droughts,” said Endro W.
Following the commitment of the city government, the environment office will share data on the spring water potential for KKMA, such as Binangun, Gemulo, and Banyuning springs. Perhutani will also support the KKMA implementation in their working areas, and LDMH (the organization of community members living near forest) will inform the people around the forest about the KKMA implementation.
In this collaborative work, USAID IUWASH PLUS will lead the technical process, KKMA analysis, and field survey. Meanwhile, USAID APIK will lead the coordination process with the Batu city government and KKMA team, and conduct workshops/Focus Group Discussions (FGD), as well as be in charge of the KKMA implementation.
Considering that the debit water in PDAM water sources keep decreasing, Batu city government proposed Coban Darmi spring water to be include as the potential KKMA site. Responding to this request, USAID IUWASH PLUS and USAID APIK visited Coban Darmi spring water on July 18, 2018 to assess the existing water condition, including the quality and quantity in the water catchment.
The workshop was attended by 27 participants representing Batu city environment office, agriculture office, public works, human settlements, and spatial planning office, the agency for research and development, PDAM, Perhutani (Indonesian Forest Enterprises), forest park management, community groups, media, and Brawijaya University.
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