Transitioning to safely managed water services

Risks and opportunities of self-supply for vulnerable
populations

This research examines the risks and benefits associated with self-supplied water sources used by poor households, particularly with respect to water quality and supply availability throughout the year.

Research partners will jointly identify ways for governments and development partners to engage with self-supplied water services, towards a transition to safely-managed water services for all.

The research involves partnerships between UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, Universitas Indonesia, the University of the South Pacific, UNICEF and government partners.

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Vanuatu

Indonesia

Team and partners

Professor Juliet Willetts

Professor Juliet Willetts

Research Director
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Tim Foster

Tim Foster

Research Director
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Diana Gonzalez Botero

Diana Gonzalez Botero

Senior Research Consultant

Avni Kumar

Avni Kumar

Research Consultant

Franziska Genter

Franziska Genter

PhD researcher

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Research outputs

Sanitation inspection of household fecal containment in Bekasi, Indonesia

This study aimed to determine the condition and effluent quality of household faecal containment facilities in Bekasi City. Less than 1% of households were found to have safely managed sanitation, and on average the effluent samples exceeded relevant quality standards for a number of parameters.

Methods for verification of groundwater flow simulators (case study: Jakarta groundwater basin in the urban villages of Jatiluhur and Jatirangga, Bekasi City)

This study assessed groundwater flow simulations in relation to observed groundwater levels in Bekasi City. The results found a discordance between simulated water levels and actual water levels

The Occurrence of Escherichia coli in Groundwater of Bekasi City (Case Study: Jatiluhur, Sumur Batu, and Jatirangga Urban Villages)

This study assessed faecal contamination levels in 255 groundwater sources in Bekasi City. The results show that E. coli was detected in 60% of groundwater sources.

Effect of boiling and water storage practices on E. coli contamination of drinking water in the city of Bekasi (case study: Jatiluhur, Sumur Batu, and Jatirangga Villages)

This study analysed the effect of boiling and water storage practices on E. coli contamination of drinking water in Bekasi City. Boiling water was found to reduce contamination of drinking water between the source and point-of-use for 67% of households. 

Health risk analysis of nitrite, nitrate, and heavy metal pollution in groundwater near landfill area: A case study of the Sumur Batu village in Bekasi, Indonesia

This study assessed the risk of nitrite, nitrate, and heavy metal pollution in groundwater in Sumur Batu, an area adjacent to two landfills. The results reveal a risk of NO2 exposure for households sourcing drinking water from groundwater.