AbstractThis paper applies the system archetypes to investigate water, energy, food, and land nexus (WEFLN) in the Jatiluhur reservoir, the largest reservoir in Indonesia. The Jatiluhur reservoir has multiple functions such as hydropower supply and water supply for different end users. Multiple functions and multiple users mean there are tradeoffs in fulfilling the needs of different end users. Through feedback loops, the system dynamics tools concern on the interdependencies and the complexities of the nexus elements. It is found that growth engines such as industrial development and residential development support industrial and residential sectors. However, water availability will be a crucial issue as water supply can bound the growth engines. This situation is called the limits to growth archetype. Another system archetype named the success to successful is also identified. The success to successful archetype reminds us to distribute water and energy properly to sustain the growth in all sectors. Finally, outputs of this study can be a basis to develop a computer model and to support sustainable functions of the other reservoirs.