Sustainable Water Solutions For Indonesia


Sustainable water solutions for communities in the southernmost province of Indonesia

Safe water is a valuable commodity. Across the world, millions of people face difficulties in accessing clean drinking water, others live in unsanitary conditions that cause disease and death. Islamic Relief believes in promoting sustainable water solutions to communities. Islamic Relief’s water and sanitation projects –both at the emergency and long-term levels –have been providing essential aid for many years. We build water systems that help communities to have a sustainable source of water. We recognize the risk of disasters, displacement and disease and with over thirty years of experience as a global relief organisation, we know that no intervention can be like another.


Indonesia is exposed to natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones and volcanic eruptions. So much so that every month since the 2004 tsunami, there has been at least one major natural disaster in Indonesia. Islamic Relief Australia has been assisting Islamic Relief Indonesia to strengthen its emergency response capacity. This was done by supporting the stockpiling of emergency supplies and equipment and the establishment of an emergency fund.

This capacity was mobilised when Tropical Cyclone Seroja caused severe damage to the Nusa Tenggara Timur Province. Heavy rains of more than nine hours caused dams to overflow, destroyed water systems, inundated houses and rice fields. More than 500,000 people have been affected, 180 dead and thousands in this district alone.

Islamic Relief Australia sent five SkyHydrant Water Filtration Systems to Islamic Relief Indonesia, with the support of our generous donors, as part of the development of emergency response capacity .

We are pleased to inform you that the filtration systems have been installed in the Nelelamadike Village in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province. The village water system was completely destroyed by the cyclone and the community has struggled to access clean drinking water.

Video: SkyHydrant filtration systems in Indonesia.

What is the SkyHydrant water filtration system?

  • The SkyHydrant water purification unit produces safe drinking water without the need for power or chemicals
  • The SkyHydrant is lightweight (18 kg) portable and easy to deploy in the field
  • A single unit can produce up to 1000 litres per hour.
  • Clean drinking water can be produced from the majority of non-saline surface and ground water.

How are the SkyHydrants helping?

In addition to the five SkyHydrant filtration systems, Islamic Relief has helped to provide sustainable clean and safe water through the construction of 10 km of distribution piping, two deep wells equipped with solar panels, water towers, water containers and a distribution scheme to villages. The 2 deep wells of 110 meters deep each produce 60,000 litres per day. This will supply the five SkyHydrant filtration systems. The water system will benefit 900 direct and 3600 indirect beneficiaries.

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