Bogor, Indonesia, March 21, 2014 – About one year ago, Mimin, a mother of two, had to take turns with her husband to fetch water for washing and bathing from a stream near their house. For cooking and drinking they used water from a well.
"But water from the well smells and it's tiresome to fetch water every day from the stream," said Mimin. "My family now uses piped water. The water is clean and affordable. It has made life much easier," she said.
Better access to clean water has improved lives
Mimin's family and many households in Gunung Sari Village, West Java, now have better access to clean water with support from the World Bank’s Water Supply and Sanitation for Low-Income Communities project, which was jointly managed by the Water and Sanitation Program.
Under the project, the village received grants to distribute water from springs in the mountains to the village. The community then established a unit to manage access to the piped water.
When the project started in 2008, the village only had 47 water connections for social facilities, such as schools and mosques, and 10 public taps.
“After people realized the benefits, the pattern of consumers has now changed,” said Adang Wahidin, Head of the village management unit. “Connections for social facilities and public taps have dropped, while more people want direct house connections. We now have 624 house connections from none at all.”
The benefits of piped water include a lower cost for consumers.
“I used to pay Rp 60,000 ($5.5) each month buying water from sellers in our village. Now I only pay half of it and the water is better,” said Teti from the neighboring village of Sukamanah.