Commemoration of Water Day is an effort to spread awareness to the international community about the importance of clean water for life as well as the protection of water sources in a sustainable manner. The theme of #HariAir2022 is Groundwater or Groundwater, emphasizing the role of groundwater in sanitation systems, agriculture, industry, ecosystems, and climate change. However, in reality, in some areas of Indonesia, access to groundwater as a source of clean water is still far from reach. The existing water sources are not suitable for consumption or daily use. And it happened in Sumba.
The absence of water results in the unavailability of healthy sanitation. The practice of open defecation (BABS) is still a common thing, until there is the term tai wewar or scattered feces. The impact is common health problems, such as skin infections, digestive disorders, to poor nutrition.
It is for this reason that the #WaterConnection #Mbinudita project was launched, presenting technology in obtaining groundwater through the construction of a 45 meter deep bore well using a machine. This drilling allows the search for water further and cleaner than manual excavation with manpower which is only 18 meters. We also use water detectors to search for groundwater paths that only exist at certain points. It is hoped that bringing access to healthy water and sanitation closer to villagers will bring improvements in their lives.
But we don’t want to just help provide access. Time, energy, and togetherness with local residents are also very necessary, especially to transfer knowledge about healthy living. Especially about good habits and healthy food. It is hoped that there will be no more lethargic children while studying at school due to dehydration. Families in Sumba will also have more energy and opportunities to grow vegetables in the yard because there is water to water the plants. The time spent each day fetching water can be used to be more productive.
For those of us who have plenty of clean water, let’s be grateful for the blessings of water. Don’t forget to share ya…