U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Visits SIMASKOTA Program Site in Tebet Timur Urban Village
On September 1, 2019, the U.S Assistant Secretary of State visited Tebet Timur urban village to observe SIMASKOTA (Sanitasi Masyarakat Perkotaan/sanitation for urban community) at RW 10 in Tebet Timur urban village in South Jakarta.
Also present in the visit were the U.S. Ambassador, Joseph R. Donovan, the Director of Environment of USAID Indonesia, the Director of Sinar Mas APP, members of the consortium SIMASKOTA (the Head of Tebet Timur urban village, the Head of Tebet sub-district, YPCII, and SPEAK Indonesia), USAID IUWASH PLUS, the local leaders of the community, and community residents.
SIMASKOTA is a sanitation program funded by Sinar Mas APP and piloted in two urban villages in DKI Jakarta, Tebet Timur and Pademangan Barat, by SIMASKOTA consortium and USAID IUWASH PLUS since January 2018.
RW 10 is a densely populated slum. Based on the baseline survey of SIMASKOTA, 91 percent of total 490 households in this RW did not have septic tank or access to wastewater treatment plant.
Thus, SIMASKOTA supported the construction of a communal wastewater treatment plant and a shared septic tank using technology options suitable for an area with limited land availability and high water table. The program also conducted awareness raising activities at the community level
The communal wastewater treatment plant that SIMASKOTA constructed was designed with capacity of 100 house connections or equivalent to 500 people. As of September 2019, 70 households or equivalent to 350 people have connected to this facility. The beneficiaries were also involved in the construction process. They paid for the constructing the connections to their home.
Besides the communal wastewater treatment plant, SIMASKOTA also supported constructing the shared septic tank for four households. The beneficiaries fully funded the construction cost which amount to Rp20 million.
Tebet Timur urban village government also encourages the community who have yet to have septic tank or access to the communal wastewater treatment plant. In addition, USAID IUWASH PLUS also engages micro-finance institutions to promote their products to community.
“SIMASKOTA is an example of good [multi-stakeholder] partnership. We are glad to be able to contribute to the community,” said Elim Sri Taba, Chief of Sustainability Office of Sinar Mas APP.
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