Jakarta Water Supply Regulatory Body

Interview with Mr. Firdaus Ali, Jakarta Water Supply Regulatory Body (JWSRB)

What is the vision and mission of your organisation?

Jakarta Water Supply Regulatory Body (JWSRB) was established in 2001 as an independent and professional institution. The JWSRB is managed jointly by an executive board that is selected under a public fit and proper test for the term of three years. The organization of the JWSRB is a commission type regulatory agency representing a chairman and four members.

Our vision is realizing a professional, independent, efficient, and credible JWSRB as mediator, facilitator, and regulator in the provision of water supply in the Jakarta Province, and maintaining a balanced interest between the consumers and the parties under the contract agreement with the view to provide clean water service in the Jakarta Province area.

Our mission is to issue regulatory instruments with respect to the interest of consumers and the two contracting parties; to carry out general supervision with regard to the implementation of contract agreement with the view to ensure the obligations of both parties are met; and to conduct facilitation and mediation for the sustainability of the contract agreement and resolve disputes between the contracting parties.

Why did you decide to become a GWP Partner?

The decision to become a partner of GWP is encouraged by the interest to share information and experience with respect to the water resources management, especially clean water at the local, regional as well as global level.

What have you found to be the benefits of being a GWP Partner?

The benefit that has been gained is the opportunity to share information with respect to the water resources management in general, and integrated urban water resources management in particular. The opportunity of information exchange has been obtained both at the local as well as international level.

What is one challenge facing the management of water resources in your region?

The main challenges faced by the Jakarta Metropolitan City with respect the water resources are floods, scarcity of raw water sources, high level of piped water losses, low service coverage, very serious land subsidence due to the over pumping of city deep groundwater, and relatively high water tariff that must be paid by the consumers.

Are there any special projects or initiatives that you would like more widely known?

With regard to the issue of urban water resources management mentioned above, in the past two years the JWSRB has taken initiatives and direct involvement in a number of strategic programs, namely:

  • Improvement of efficiency and effectiveness to reducing the level of inefficiency of water service – a water leakages reduction program.

  • Regulation on the restriction of deep ground water extraction in view to control land subsidence through a tariff mechanism.

  • Provision of clean water service for low income people through GP-OBA program which is supported by the World Bank.

  • The Jatiluhur water treatment plant project with a production capacity of 4,000 liter per second, conveying the treated water through main transmission to Jakarta.