Alternative World Water Forum

The Central Jakarta District Court on 24 March annulled the privatised water contracts signed with Suez (PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya Palyja) and Aetra, finding that the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) were negligent in fulfilling the human right to water for Jakarta’s residents.

The court decision is the culmination of many years of resistance by a broad coalition of Jakarta residents, trade unions, and other water justice activists. They were upset with the initial, corrupt, behind-the-scenes decision (made under the Suharto regime in 1997) to privatize water supply; and they opposed the continuous manipulations by the private operators to increase profits without improving water services. Water services coverage has been lower than promised and water leakage levels are high (44%); water tariffs grew fourfold since privatisation (Rp1.700/m3 to Rp7,020/m3), which is 2.7 times higher than the public operator in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.

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