Billions of people still lack access to sanitary water. Various other issues are consistently faced by people, specifically for low income communities who are struggling to get access to sustainable and sanitary water.

The spread of diseases, minimal access to adequate water resources, up until the amount of expense which must be set aside by the low income community for the cost of water, are the different challenges which must be overcome in order to secure sustainable and sanitary water which may be consumed.

Indonesia, the USA and Coca Cola are working together to initiate the Master Meter program to provide for communal sanitary drinking water in Bubutan, Surabaya. Around 6.000 people from the low income community will be receive the benefits, and  1.200 in-house water tap installations will be built through this program. 

This program is a celebration of World Water Day 2019 which is also in line with Sustainable Development Goals number 6: water for all in 2030.

"We all know that clean water is vital for health and daily routine," said Director of USAID Indonesia, Erin E. McKee. 

"2019 marks the 70 year anniversary of the relationship between USA and Indonesia, and we are proud to remain the partner of the Government of Indonesia to improve sanitation and accessibility to drinking water for almost five million people in Indonesia. We would like to continue this partnership with the Government of Indonesia to achieve this Sustainable Development Goals for drinking water, sanitation and hygienic behaviour in 2030, and ensure equal access for marginalized groups and groups of poverty," added McKee.

Other than the Director of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Erin E. McKee, the program was also inaugurated by the Director of Urban, Housing and Settlements Bappenas, Tri Dewi Virgiyanti; US General Counsel in Surabaya, Mark McGovern; Director of PDAM Services Surabaya, Anizar Firmadi; and Cheif of Executive of the Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia (CCFI); Titie Sadarini. The inauguration event took place in Bubutan Surabaya.

The Master Meter program is expected to bring alternative solution for low income comunities located in informal settlements in urban areas who are having difficulties in receiving access from PDAM. To solve this, PDAM will provide infrastructure services to the Master Meter so that communities who have received the benefits of the program can manage their own water distribution, operations and maintenance.

The Surabaya City Government is committed to providing affordable access for all, including for low income communities. The percentage of acces to drinking water in Surabaya has now reached 98%, while the rest remains in areas with high levels of difficulties. This Master Meter program is one of the breakthrough which can help achieve 100% access to clean drinking water," said the Director of PDAM Services, Anizar Firmadi.

"We value our partnership with the United States for helping with an essential service, such as clean drinking water, which is vital in improving the quality of life for the people. We appreciate this program in Surabaya, where the Government and Private Donors collaborate to provide clean drinking water services for the low income community through the Master Meter program. We hope that this initiative  can be replicated in other cities in Indonesia so that it may accelerate the achievement of universal access," said the Director of Urban, Housing and Settlements of Bappenas, Tri Dewi Virgiyanti.

This sustainable partnership program aims to build 30 master meter systems in Surabaya with 6.000 residents served. CCFI themselves will support 20 Master Meters out of the total planned.

"Our commitment is to build a shared country, and this is also in line with our goal for 2020, which is to restore the water we used to safely produce our drinking water to society and the environment. As part of the sustainability program, through a partnership with USAID IUWASH PLUS Coca-Cola is supporting the construction of the Master Meter system which will improve access to drinking water for people in this region, and beyond. Around 880 households will be affected by this program," said CCFI Chief Executive Titie Sadarini.

The development in this program is targeted to reach completion in August 2019. Until March 2019, around 1.600 local residents have felt the positive impact of this program.