Palembang, The Gulf Observer: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Thursday inaugurated a centralized domestic wastewater management system (SPALDT) project in Palembang, South Sumatra, which is considered to hold important value for the local community.
“Over the past nine years, I have inaugurated many dams, airports, toll roads, ports, and other infrastructure. But this is the first time in nine years that I have inaugurated a centralized domestic wastewater management system,” he observed after inaugurating the facility.
The President was accompanied by Palembang acting mayor Ratu Dewa.
He said that the centralized domestic wastewater management system is important for improving public health as well as environmental quality.
“We know that the Musi River is very important for the people of South Sumatra province, especially Palembang city. However, we also know that the river is being used for people to bathe and support other household activities, even though the Musi River is already polluted with waste, which can endanger people’s health conditions,” he noted.