Citarum River, Indonesia The Citarum has been called the world’s most polluted river. Around 5 million people live in the river’s basin, and most of them rely on. Heavy equipments are used to clean up the river, but new trash comes in every time. Widodo wants the Citarum river to be clean and drinkable. Citarum River used to be a vital part of an ancient kingdom in Indonesia. In modern times, the river plays a role for water power generation.

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Thu Mar 22 Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn’t killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia. There are reports of previous research carried riger by the Blacksmith Institute inwhich found that lead levels in the river were more than 1, times the US standards for drinking water, while aluminum, manganese and iron were significantly higher than recommended levels.

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The earlier 4th-century BCE prehistoric Buni clay pottery-making culture flourished near the river’s mouth. Retrieved 4 March There are also French brothers, Gary Bencheghib and Sam Bencheghib, who are trying to make people aware that waste management is important. Before, there were recorded 34 species of fish.

He also said he hoped that the provincial and central governments would follow suit, as even with evidence, enforcing the law on environmental offenders pollutino a long and expensive process. Mr Yusup said he feels the government appears to be paying pollutoin attention to the plight of farmers, seemingly protecting business interests instead.

And where do they dump their toxic chemical waste?


The gargantuan task of cleaning Indonesia’s Citarum river

He has brought the matter to the attention of authorities, who came by his home to conduct a check. AyungSungiTelaga Waja Flores: It was once a beautiful, pristine river that helped civilizations thrive since 4th century and earlier. This has resulted in many facilities releasing toxic and hazardous industrial chemicals into the river with no consequences whatsoever. Chief ] Some of the negative impacts on the Citarum river include: And it worked well. Yet, the river supports around 28 million people who rely on it for daily activities such as cooking, bathing and laundry.

So, when the toxic and chemical wastes are heavy, water in the rice paddies turns to horrid color.

Discovering Pollution Around the World: Citarum River, Indonesia

He also plans to install CCTV video surveillance units along its banks. With the River, about thousand hectares of rice field in West Java, especially in the coastal areas of the North, can be flowed by water through irrigation networks and reservoirs.

Corruption by inspectors has also allowed dumping of regulated chemicals. Using water from the Citarum causes skin ailments and in some pollutlon, even hairfall. It supports over 30 million residents for agricultural, domestic polltuion personal use. He says every day endless piles of trash enter his territory. Seven thousand military personnel pressed into service to clean up one of the world’s most polluted rivers. However, the program is extremely limited due to its lack of transparency and the scope of polluttion, which only covers a very limited number of substances and practices.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Gary stated that more people began to understand the issue and they asked him how they could help, but the Frenchmen said he was still thinking about the exact call of action.


Stone inscriptions, Chinese sources, and archaeological sites lollution as Batujaya and Cibuaya suggest that the human habitation and civilization flourished in and around the river estuaries and river valley as early as the 4th century and even earlier.

However, the economic growth from the textile sector brings with it a tremendous environmental expense. There is also no support from the government nor there is strict law regarding this matter.

It also results in increased sedimentation of the River. Widodo wants the Citarum river to be clean and drinkable in seven years. Fortunately, pollutiln are efforts to save the river.

Mr Widodo requested that all levels of government — both central and regional — work together, starting from the preparation of concepts to their implementation and supervision in the field. The condition is caused by the large number of concern industrial waste as well as the household directly dumped into the river without being processed first.

The brothers have paddled across Citarum in plastic bottle canoes and citarym their journey there so they can provide shocking visuals about the reality of the river. People were using water from the river to wash their clothes. The Citarum River comes from two words, namely Ci and Tarum.

Fishermen that used to rifer fish, is now collecting garbage. This included efforts in river management as well.

The huge potency of it is due to the vast watershed that reaches 6. Archived from the original on 26 September This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat