Perched on the eastern fringes of Java, the capital of Indonesia is Porong, a sub-district and home to Sidoarjo mud, the mud volcano is active since 2006. The initial step from the Government came in the form of a prevention program to block the hole using a large ball made of concrete. Further on, the Government decided to construct a dam guarding the regions affected. Those evacuated from the danger zone will be brought under a resettlement program soon. However, funds and infrastructural gaps came in the way of relief and rebuilding work.
The disaster wrecked havoc on almost thirteen settlements and their inhabitants submerging a large area under mud flowing at the rate of almost 127 cubic meters per day. It was the magnitude of the loss which triggered the birth of the Sidoarjo mud volcano research center that is dedicated to monitoring the mud contents for agricultural usage and the overall implications on water. The prime focus of the project borders around optimization of the mud for the people, natural resources and land. The ultimate objective remains to infuse fresh hope into people affected by the Sidoarjo mud. Here is a quick overview of the ends served by the institution.
The materials used in building the center included bricks, paved blocks and concrete mix. The latter, in particular, was drawn from Sidoarjo sludge sewage but the manufacturing process is similar to those used for constructing other ordinary buildings. Materials generated from the sludge at Sidoarjo do not have to undergo the combustion procedure, thereby slashing the expenses significantly and minimizing the inevitability of other resources.
A workshop is being run to communicate the high points about getting materials from the sludge at Sidoarjo to be used as a principal construction component. Hence, common populace, in general, get to know a lot about recycling the waste from the sludge which they can apply later on for large scale productions and learn to add a new boost to the financial health of the society in which they are living. As an added bonus, the research center together with facilities for the common people, will create a new benchmark in the development of the urban base both space and economy wise.
The Sidoarjo sludge research center, through its presence, ensures that the sludge dubbed as waste is used for pumping out a regular supply of alternative construction materials thereby reducing the detrimental and serious risks hanging over the region’s environment.
As newer and fresher resources pour in from the neighboring areas to join the stock new materials for construction work or alternative sources of energy, the overall operational and building cost is expected to take a plunge below in terms of the budget.
With a research center for recycling used materials around, people in Sidoarjo are expected to benefit hugely in terms of knowledge expansion. The noble strategy adopted by the center to derive support from alternative sources of energy is also insightful and teaches a good many points about conserving the environment, hitherto not known to the local people.