Water treatment plant in South Sumatra will provide clean drinking water to athletes and a nearby community in Palembang
Cargill today officially handed over a water treatment plant to the South Sumatra government as part of its effort to support the Indonesian government’s hosting of the 26th South East Asian (SEA) Games from November 11 – 22, 2011. The water treatment plant, completed in June this year, was built following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the South Sumatra government in September 2010.
Funded and built by Cargill at a cost of about US$1 million, the plant will process and sterilize water by way of reverse osmosis before sending it via pipes to the athletes staying at the SEA Games village in Jakabaring, Palembang. The plant is able to generate and supply more than 2,000 cubic meters of World Health Organization-compliant potable water per day to the SEA Games athletes.
As part of the MOU, the South Sumatra government will own, operate and monitor the facility during and after the SEA Games. Cargill will also pipe the potable water to the Talang Bubuk village in the sub district of Plaju, making available clean drinking water for close to 12,000 underprivileged residents there. The government will supply the potable water to the village during and after the SEA Games, thus helping to alleviate the shortage of clean drinking water in the Plaju district.
“Certain underprivileged communities in Palembang currently do not have access to clean drinking water and this has a detrimental effect on their wellbeing. The availability of potable water from the water treatment plant will help support improvements to their health,” said Anthony Yeow, President Director of PT Hindoli, a Cargill oil palm plantation in South Sumatra.
“Cargill is dedicated to the continual development of the rural communities we operate in. The contribution of the water treatment plant is further testament to that dedication,” added Yeow.
The Governor of South Sumatra, Alex Noerdin, expressed his gratitude on the goodwill shown by Cargill in support of the SEA Games.
“We are grateful to Cargill for their excellent partnership and timely contribution of the water treatment plant for the 26th SEA Games. Moving forward, we hope more corporations will follow Cargill’s example and support the community of South Sumatra,” said Noerdin.
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About Cargill in Indonesia
Cargill began doing business in Indonesia in 1974 by establishing a feed mill in Bogor, West Java. Today, Cargill – which is headquartered in Jakarta – has over 8,000 employees and offices, manufacturing plants and facilities throughout the country. Business activities comprise animal nutrition, cocoa, grain and oilseeds, palm oil, and sugar. Cargill is a responsible corporate citizen of Indonesia, and its local programs foster responsible and sustainable development, help protect the environment and nourish the people and possibilities that reside in local communities. For more information visit http://www.cargill.co.id/
About PT Hindoli
Cargill’s PT Hindoli operations comprise of 10,000 ha of oil palm plantation producing fresh fruit bunches processed at two company–owned mills into high quality crude palm oil and palm kernel. On 25 February 2009, PT Hindoli received Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification for sustainable palm oil production practices. On August 4, 2010, PT Hindoli’s smallholder scheme farmers received RSPO certification, making it the world’s first smallholder scheme to become certified under RSPO’s smallholder Principles and Criteria.