Australian Embassy

Australia and Indonesia Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant in Palembang

Media Release

4 November 2020

Construction will begin today on a new wastewater treatment plant in Palembang, an IDR1.2 trillion project jointly funded by Australia and Indonesia.

The project will connect 12,000 households and businesses with sewerage services and directly benefit about 60,000 people in Palembang City.

In coming years, a planned expansion would connect an additional 40,000 people and provide them with sewerage services.

 “Australia is proud to work closely with the Indonesian government and the City of Palembang to co-finance and implement this significant infrastructure project,” Australian Chargé d’Affaires to Indonesia, Alison Duncan said at the ground-breaking event. 

“This project will make a real difference to the quality of life of tens of thousands of families in Palembang”

Access to safe water and sanitation helps prevent disease and has a significant impact on child health and nutrition.

Australian companies are helping bring know-how and expertise, as well as capital, to key sectors of the economy that Indonesia is trying to develop further and make real contributions to employment, incomes and Indonesia’s economic recovery.

“This project, a consortium between Australian company McConnell Dowell and PT Pembangunan Perumahan will showcase Australian capability and expertise in planning, designing and implementing large scale infrastructure,” Ms Duncan said.

The project demonstrates a new and more sustainable way of planning, financing, constructing, managing and maintaining infrastructure at the municipal level which, if successful, could be replicated in cities across Indonesia.

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