Engineering consultant Mott MacDonald is providing technical assistance for a project that will tackle water shortages in Indonesia’s third largest city.
Watershed degradation, rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, as well as slow development of surface water sources, have created an over-dependence on groundwater as a primary source of water. As a result, the rate of extraction from local aquifers significantly exceeds recharge rates, with water tables declining at more than one metre a year in some areas. This has led to acute water stress and depletion of aquifers in major urban areas such as Bandung.
The National Development Planning Agency has now commissioned Mott MacDonald to prepare a water supply master plan that will include a management proposal for groundwater upper catchment management areas. The firm will also identify reforms needed to strengthen the supply system.