Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia Alongside the Qaryah Thayyibah Farmer Groups Union
Have Built 800 Water Granaries in Magelang,
To Provide Water Source Savings to its Residents and Agriculture Irrigation
Magelang, 8 December 2016 – In an effort to maintain environmental sustainability, particularly with regard to improving groundwater availability, the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia continues to collaborate with its partners in various water conservation programs. Today, the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia, alongside the Qaryah Thayyibah Farmer Groups Union (QT-FGU) handed over 800 water granaries to the residents of Magelang and witnessed by the Deputy Governor of Central Java Mr. Heru Sudjatmoko.
The program, called “Water Granaries” (“Lumbung Air”) and implemented consistently by the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia since 2012, seeks to restore 392 million liters of water to the ground annually through 800 water granaries that have been constructed in various areas. For Magelang, the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia has invested more than Rp. 3.1 billion for this water granary development program. Therefore, this year, Coca-Cola has successfully restored more than 1 billion liters of clean water back to nature and used as water source savings by more than 15.000 Indonesian families, as well as restored 164% of the water used in Coca-Cola production process. Globally, by 2015, Coca-Cola has used around 300 billion liters of water—a reduction by 5 million liters from 2014, and restoring more than 337 billion liters to both the community and nature.
The global vision of Coca-Cola by 2020 is to restore to both the community and nature the same amount of water we use in Coca-Cola beverage products through projects like “Water Granaries” in Magelang. Based on community observations and information from local water resources companies (PDAMs), the water source for the Magelang area continues to decline. This signifies the need for Coca-Cola to support this water granaries program even more, aimed at restoring water back to nature.
Titie Sadarini, Chief Executive Officer of the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia revealed: “Water conservation is one of Coca-Cola’s global sustainability pillar that is committed to improving water resources, access to clean water and sanitation. From 2012 to 2016, we have built more than 4.000 water granaries in various areas and this has an impact on people’s lives. Not only will they obtain a water resource, this also has an impact on increasing water supplies, protecting from water shortages, as well as improving the economy and health. And today, we hope that 3.000 families in Magelang may also obtain the same benefits for their everyday lives.”
Chairman of the Qaryah Thayyibah Farmer Groups Union (QT-FGU) Mr. Abdul Rochim explained, “Water access is an issue faced particularly by farmers, who found it difficult to obtain water due to a declining amount in water resources. Even in some areas, these water resources have been depleted. So for the past year, we have partnered with the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia to make efforts in improving water resources. The focus of our activities is to conserve water by building water granaries.”
R. Anta Murpuji Antaka S.SOS, Head of Kaliangkrik Subdistrict said: “The subdistrict office also felt the impact of this water granaries program directly. Having built a water granary in the courtyard of the Kaliangkrik subdistrict office, the water discharge in our office has increased dramatically whereas before the well water level never even reached the water pump. Thanks to the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia, now the water discharge has exceeded the water pump. We have never experienced something like that before.”
These water granaries are built 2 x 2 meter in size in a land that can accommodate 8.000 m3 of water and serve as an effective effort in terms of water conservation. In addition to having water control functions during the rainy season, these water granaries also improve the groundwater discharge. Water granaries built in the water catchment area will capture the flow of rainwater which will then be absorbed into the soil flow, in turn increasing increase the water discharge. A significant increase in water discharge will affect the agricultural water resource that has become the livelihood and source of economy of the community.