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ACTNews, NORTH LOMBOK – For months, the residents of Akar-Akar Village in Bayan Sub-District, North Lombok Regency have been struggling for clean water, especially for drinking.

Since the magnitude 7 earthquake that shook Lombok in early August 2018, the flow of the water source in Akar-Akar Village was blocked by landslides. Now they have no choice but to get out of the village for drinking water. In the neighboring village, there is one borehole water well that is used by hundreds of families from several villages.

To fulfill the need of Akar-Akar Villagers for clean water, Global Wakaf through the Waqf Well program is digging a well in the village that was one of the villages that were worst-affected by the earthquake. Unfortunately, the digging that started two weeks ago is currently being halted. The hard rocks beneath the soil in Akar-Akar Village have repeatedly broken the drill bits.

Muhammad Romi Saefudin of Global Wakaf West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) explained that, at the moment, the digging is stopped because they are still waiting for the drill bit that they have ordered that can get through the rocks to the water source. “It needs a jagged-edge drill bit to get through the rocks underground. Right now, the depth of the well has reached 21-meter deep,” he explained, Thursday (2/7).

While waiting for its arrival, the team continues with the construction of the water tower for the water tank. They also continue to build the restrooms so that everything will be ready to use once the drill bit arrives. “The team here is building the tower for the water tank, the restrooms, and installing the water pump machine,” Saefudin explained.

Bayan Sub-District was among the worst-hit locations when the earthquake happened in 2018, for it is located close to the one of the epicenters, close to the slope of Mount Rinjani. Despite being located close to the Mount Rinjani, several villagers are still affected by water crisis.

Since the end of the emergency phase, one of the most urgent needs of Bayan residents was clean water. Many of the water sources were blocked by landslides, owing to the hilly terrain and strong tremors. []