In Feb-Mar 2020, University of Indonesia (UI) successfully carried out a large-scale household survey, infrastructure assessment and water quality testing across three districts (‘kecamatan’) in Bekasi city.
Technical and social enumerator teams from UI worked tirelessly over a three week campaign and overcame various challenges, including flooding and the emergence of COVID-19. The surveys captured key socio-economic and WASH information for more 300 households, almost all of whom rely on self-supply (mainly in the form of drilled boreholes) for their domestic water needs.
The UI water quality team – with support of project partners from ISF-UTS and North Carolina State University – measured E. coli concentration at the drinking water source for each household, and also for a sub-set of households at their point-of-use.
A second round of data collection is now planned for late 2020 or early 2021, to enable comparison of results across seasons.