- Collecting more than 15 million liters of rain water to support sustainable agriculture -
- Reinforcing its ‘Water Neutral’ Commitment in Indonesia -
Wonogiri, 19 April 2018 – In celebration of Earth Day this April,
The Wonogiri embung project is dubbed Program Embung Doho because of its construction site, which is located in Doho Village. Besides its water conservation function, this 1.5 hectare-wide embung can accommodate more than 15 million liters of water and also serves as an irrigation source for at least 40 hectares of community plantations or 10 hectares of agricultural land.
Triyono Prijosoesilo, Vice Chief Executive of the
Firdaus Ali as a Special Staff of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, Water Resources Division revealed his apprecation. “We greatly welcome this initiative. This project also supports the priority programs of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing in its efforts to achieve water security and food sovereignty in accordance with the Nawa Cita agenda of President Joko Widodo, through the provision of water facilities and infrastructure. The construction of these embungs is also a form of support for climate change mitigation efforts as well as supporting government strategic programs related to improving the economic potential of villages through sustainable farming patterns.”
Embung for empowering the village economy
Embung is a fairly simple infrastructure that utilizes the rainwater harvesting process. Created using a geomembrane layer, the embungs are designed to harvest rainwater by utilizing water containers in an open area and work by adopting the principle of gravity irrigation, without the need for an electric or fuel pump. The depth of this gravity geomembrane embung is usually determined by the rainfall of an area. For areas with an annual rainfall of 3.000 mm/year, the embung is usually made to be 3 meters deep. The Geomembrane material selection itself becomes very important, with essential specifications such as High Density Polyethelene (HDPE), anti UV, anti salinity and Feed Grade for it to be resistant to cracks and able to be inhabited by fish to reduce the risk of larvae proliferation.
The development program of these two embungs costs 2.3 billion rupiah and in its implementation,
Gatot Adjie Soetopo, Executive Officer of Yayasan Obor Tani explained: “The construction of Embung Banyu Kuwung and Embung Wonogiri takes approximately 3 months, using Geomembrane layers and is expected to last up to 30 years. We believe that the method of saving water during the rainy seasom and utlizing that water for irrigation in the dry season will provide tangible benefits for fruit plantations, fisheries, livestocks, PDAM tap water, and even agro-tourism potential. We hope that the construction of these embungs will ultimately increase the harvest cycle and strengthening the economic potential of these villages.
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Triyono added, “Coca-Cola hopes that the concept of embung can serve as an inspiration and applied by others for the development of embung in Indonesia.”