Problem: Despite a flourishing tourism industry in the Komodo Islands community, its fishing community is confronted with a multitude of challenges including scare fresh water supply, soaring temperatures and polluted fishing waters as a result of high plastic use.
Solution: Komodo Water is a social enterprise that provides access to clean water and sustainable water management by optimizing and managing the current local water resources, transforming various raw water conditions into fresh and safe drinking water based on an environment sustainable approach. Komodo Water provides water quality by employing suitable and reliable technologies to the serviced communities. The enterprise also provides a much needed additional income source for the local community operating ice makers and a water treatment facility.
Goals and objectives: To provide solar powered fresh water and ice solutions for fishing communities that increases economic output, while protecting the environment. Komodo Water’s ice last longer than normal ice packs, allowing fishermen to go fishing further from areas where they reside.
Implementation: Komodo Water is part of Tinamitra Mandiri Group of companies, established in 2010 with a focus on providing sustainable solutions to development challenges. It seeks to become a leading provider of clean energy and leading player in utilizing alternative and sustainable energy sources while providing sustainable community development initiatives.
Komodo Water employs efficient reverse osmosis machines and icemakers powered by solar technology. It purifies brackish water of TDS 9000 ppm into water with drinking quality of TDS 11-13 ppm certified by Indonesia’s National Health Department. Komodo Water produces and sells 5 tons of drinking water daily. It also makes ice blocks for fishermen, fish sellers, and tourist boats.
Beyond providing clean drinking water, Komodo Water also strives to advance human development of the entire community by supporting community empowerment, ensuring that the community is integrated in the economic value chain of its enterprise. It sponsors entrepreneurship program, community education, and other activities.
It also partners with other actors across the world and provides consultancy services franging rom geo-electrical survey, water drilling, water processing & technology and water business management.
Achievements: Komodo water has provided water security for 2,000+ families, reducing infant and children deaths caused by contaminated water. In addition, it has reduced plastic waste in the sea by 1,000 plastic packs per day and the switch to the use of clean solar energy has reduced diesel fuel consumption by 14,400 liters, avoiding the emission of 9,720kg of CO2.
The enterprise has empowered the community, by providing a lucrative mechanism they can participate in as new business opportunities for retailers and distributors of water and ice. This has earned an additional $ 98,000 annually for the fishermen of the community by improving their handling and transportation processes. The longer lasting ice blocks has led to sales increase of about 50% as the innovative cooling system ensures that the catches last fresher and longer.
It has also enhanced the skills of the community towards the maintenance of the machines and conducting community based development initiatives.
In recognition of its contributions, it has been shortlisted for the 2019 SEED Low Carbon Award for Clean Energy.
PT Tinamitra Mandiri
Manhattan Square Building, Mid Tower, Floor 23 Suite D
Jl. TB. Simatupang Kav. 1S, Cilandak Timur, Pasar Minggu, RT.3/RW.3,
Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12540