SIAK, NETRALNEWS.COM - Desy Yarsita, a medical officer in Apit River Subdistrict of Siak Regency, Riau, has successfully designed a device for peat water treatment that turns peat water into a healthy drinking water as her form of health service to the community.
"The requirements of clean water is colorless, odorless or have no flavor, so the peat water is not qualified, because it has color and it has a taste," said Desy in Siak, Wednesday (11/15/2017).
Desy Yarsita is a nurse working at Apit River Community Health Center (puskesmas). This innovation led her to become Exemplary Health Personnel Category Paramedic of Riau Province in 2016, and represent Riau in the selection of national model nurses.
The Apit River as a peatland area with brownish-black water, many local people still use it for their daily needs because of the difficulty of obtaining clean water.
Especially during drought season, people will find it difficult to get clean water. Sometimes residents drink peat water directly without boiling it. The brownish-colored peat water contains trihalometanic organic compounds that are carcinogenic (cancer-causing).
In addition, peat water contains high level of iron and manganese. Consumption of these minerals in the long term can interfere with health, as quoted from Antara.
Moreover, the condition of peat water in the local area is now contaminated from companies’ plantation business and the community itself. That is why Desy created her water purification device that she named "Water Peat Purification Siak" or WPPS. The device costs only IDR200 thousand.