Jaga Semesta
Protecting Java's Future Water
Natural Springs in Emergency
Java, home to almost 150 million people is experiencing an increasingly severe water issue
  • 35% of areas in Java will experience drought in 2024
  • > 5 million people are at risk of experiencing clean water shortages by 2025
  • Damage to springs has caused a decrease in water discharge of up to 70% in some areas
The root of this problem lies in the damage of natural water sources that are vital for life. Deforestation, land conversion and pollution have caused a significant decrease in the flow and quality of spring water.
Exploring and restoring water sources
while sharing journey stories
about subjects that are critical to us and others
Jaga Semesta, initiated by Fainta Negoro, aims to shield Java's springs from drought. This project harnesses collaboration, drawing upon a diverse coalition of stakeholders and volunteers, including village’s elders, local communities, academics, and hydrology experts.
Our approach involves observing springs, identifying optimal restoration strategies, and educating on preservation's importance. The fundamental objective is to empower communities and develop shared responsibility.

Thus, local communities are encouraged to take part in restoration initiatives through 'Gotong Royong', which fosters ownership of their natural heritage, including in restoring spring water and planting trees to improve water retention.

We have conducted observations at more than 500 springs across the island and found significant insights
  • Side Effect of Growing Tourism
    Alarming water spring condition in Central Java as a result of tourism trend, with more than 60% of springs excavated and converted into modern swimming pools
  • Slowing and Fading
    Water debit in Pasuruan's primary spring has fallen from 6000 L/second to roughly 2500 L/second as a result of the existence of over 700 artesian drilled wells and land conversion from forest to horticulture plantations
  • Large and Small, All Are in Trouble
    Certain large springs have incurred damage due to the use of cement, while smaller springs in mountainous regions are diminishing as a result of land conversion
Our Journey So Far
More than 290 volunteers enlisted, offering expertise in different areas
A loyal following of over 70,000 individuals on social media platform
Documented stories of 15 grassroots spring guardians that are rarely told
Restored 4 springs & improved discharges of 157 million L/ year
Voices from the Field
We collected details concerning the water spring conditions at each place we visited through firsthand observations and interactions with local communities.
The construction of the water recreation site at Gedong Jetis, Central Java water spring involved excavators and cement. Who is accountable for the incurred damage?
Mekarsari and Ngelo Village are located at the foot of Mount Merbabu and blessed with multiple springs located near residential areas. Yet, the community has had to rely on drilled wells and PDAM for their daily water needs in recent year. Why?
In the Media
Fainta Susilo Negoro, Spreading Awareness for the Sustainability of Water Resources
Fainta Susilo Negoro is trying to restore water sources in Java at his own expense, including going directly to the location - KOMPAS.ID
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Jaga Semesta’s Efforts to Prevent Water Crisis on Java Island through Community-Based Spring Conservation
Jaga Semesta took the initiative to engage in community-based spring conservation in order to preserve the groundwater supply and prevent the water crisis that is expected to occur by 2040 - GREENNETWORK
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