Ministry of PUPR Builds Waste Management System in Warloka, Labuan Bajo – Tourism is one sector that can revive the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) continues to build a number of tourism supporting facilities, one of which is the Warloka Waste Management System (SPS) in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the construction of tourism supporting infrastructure and facilities carried out by the PUPR Ministry was an effort to improve the quality of tourism services in Labuan Bajo.

“Wherever the tourism sites are built, no one will come if they are not clean. For that, the most important thing is sanitation and clean water,” said Minister Basuki.

The Warloka Integrated Waste Processing Site (TPST) is operated to be able to process waste with a capacity of 20 tons/day. Meanwhile, the Warloka Waste Final Processing Site (TPA) is operated to process the final waste that has been processed at the TPST in the form of ash residue with a capacity of 2 tons/day.

Minister of PUPR visits the location of the Warloka SPS

Minister Basuki said the waste management system in Warloka left only 10% of waste residue in the form of ash which can be used for building materials. “I think this is good enough to deal with the surge in tourists. Just like the Drinking Water Supply System (SPAM), which has been completed, we can increase the capacity of the SPS if waste production increases. However, waste management cannot only rely on TPAS, but must be managed from the start,” said Minister Basuki.

SPS Warloka was built in August 2020 – November 2021 with a budget of IDR 46.4 billion. The scope of work includes weighbridge, receiving unit, sorting, drying of balances, air and water pollution control unit and control system.

While the Warloka TPA was built in June – December 2021 with a budget of Rp. 19.3 billion. The scope of work includes hangars, management offices, operational roads, residue backfill units, leachate treatment units and landmarks.

NTT Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat appreciated the infrastructure development carried out by the Ministry of PUPR. "It's amazing to help NTT, especially Labuan Bajo. This great development must be maintained. Labuan Bajo is famous for its conservation, if it is damaged it will also be abandoned by the visitors,” concluded Viktor.

Also attending were Minister Basuki, Director General of Human Settlements Diana Kusumastuti, Expert Staff for Technology, Industry and Environment Endra S. Atmawidjaja and Head of the NTT Regional Settlement Infrastructure Center Normansjah Wartabone. (Red/Hms)

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