Tapping into the Natural Water Supply

Tanakeke-Cambaloe Village, Indonesia

The rainy season in Indonesia typically lasts from December through April. Rainfall intensity during this quarter has been very high, allowing for the rainwater tanks in the community to be full. Households that have tanks are fully benefitting from the improved accessibility to water.

In Makassar culture, it is expected for one to wash their feet before entering the house and similarly before going into the mosque. Households have a container of water in front of their house, and water is drawn from the well. Previously in the dry season, women would have to walk between 500 meters to one kilometer (about 530 yards-0.6 miles) to get water. The 10,000 liter (about 2,650 gallons) capacity rainwater tanks now help provide water during the dry season. During the rainy season, many women and children from the community still go to bathe and wash clothes at the well, but use water from the rainwater tank to cook and drink.

On a recent visit to Cambaloe, Daeng N, the imam of the village, told GHNI staff,

“When the dry season arrived, my wife would have to get up at 2:00 a.m. to stand in line to get water from the well. Sometimes for only one or two 15-liter (about 4 gallon) buckets, only enough water for cooking and drinking.”

Moreover, at the peak of the drought, the water from the well becomes salty, because the seawater starts to seep into the wells. Daeng N now has a rainwater tank and has also installed a pipe and a tap in front of his house. This was on his own initiative, so his family can wash their hands and feet before entering the house. He and his wife are grateful for the benefits that they get from having the tank.


GHNI Project Manager, Indonesia