Dutch water companies sign deal in Aceh

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Three Dutch drinking water companies have signed a 15-year deal with nine local firms in Indonesia for drinking water facilities in Aceh.

AMSTERDAM - The three companies, WMD from the Province of Drenthe, DZH from the Province of South Holland and PWN from the Province of North Holland, have been active in Aceh, Indonesia's northern-most province, since the tsunami in 2004.

Around 50,000 homes have been connected to mains water in recent years, providing water for 200,000 people. That number is due to increase to 1 million in the next nine years.

The Netherlands has special ties to Indonesia as it was a colony until the end of the Second World War. After the 2004 tsunami, the province of Aceh was granted a certain degree of autonomy in a peace deal between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement after almost 30 years of fighting.

Radio Netherlands/ Expatica

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