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Discussing the Water Safety Plan and Business Opportunities in Wastewater in Indowater Expo & Forum 2017

“I appreciate the USAID IUWASH PLUS that addresses the issue of RPAM Source, which in turn raises my awareness,” said Ilham Sulistiyana from Salatiga PDAM after attending a Water Safety Plan Discussion (Rencana Pengamanan Air Minum/RPAM) session organized by USAID IUWASH PLUS on July 13, 2017 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

RPAM is an effort to secure water supply from its source to the water tap on the consumer, which uses the principles of risk management, which also plays an important role in the efforts to improve access to water supply and the achievement of Universal Access 2019, as well as the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Indonesia. RPAM is divided into 4 components, namely Source, Operator, Communal, and Consumer. The main objectives and targets of RPAM are to minimize water source contamination, reduce or eliminate water pollution, and prevent contamination during distribution to the consumer level by implementing an integrated system supported by ongoing management and monitoring plans.

The discussions on RPAM concepts and activities, development, implementation, and experience sharing with RPAM Operator, Communal and Consumer, and USAID IUWASH PLUS RPAM program plan were very productive.

Through group discussions and plenary session that discussed various issues related to RPAM’s challenges, approaches and policies, the participants agreed on a number of recommendations and follow-up plans that are essential to follow up the RPAM implementation in their respective regions. The recommendations were grouped into four main topics, namely understanding and basic concepts of RPAM, regulation, institutional and implementation strategy of RPAM.

Discussion participants who are representatives of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bappenas, Bappeda, Bappelitbangda, PDAM Kota / Kabupaten, PAMMASKARTA, Akatirta, ITB and other donors / organizations such as USAID APIK, PERPAMSI, SPEAK, USAID, UNICEF, and WHO appreciated the RPAM discussion they found to be beneficial. “By joining this discussion, I get a good example of best practice in the RPAM implementation,” said Yakub Abbas from Bappelitbangda Ternate.

The RPAM discussion organized by USAID IUWASH PLUS is part of the Indowater Expo & Forum 2017 series organized by the Indonesian Water Supply Companies Association (PERPAMSI). Indowater itself is an international event that brings together practitioners in the water supply and sanitation sector. In addition to conducting the RPAM Discussion sessions, USAID IUWASH PLUS also contributed to the Business Opportunities in the Wastewater Sector session held by PERPAMSI.

In the business opportunity session, USAID IUWASH PLUS introduced business opportunities in constructing standard septic tanks and Scheduled Desludging Services (LLTT). During the USAID IUWASH PLUS session, two presentations were delivered. The first presentation was on the Government Policy and Support for Business Opportunities in the Wastewater Sector, delivered by Laisa Wahanudin, Deputy Director for Sanitation from the Urban, Housing and Settlement Directorate, Bappenas. The next presentation was about Business Opportunities in containment, desludging and treatment of sludge by Foort Bustraan, WASH Institutional Development Advisor, USAID IUWASH PLUS.


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