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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Mostly, the result of this pollution is because of the lack of proper waste management and education. People generally pile up the trash and burn them on the river side further polluting it. Because we know that the locals depend their lives on this polluted river, we know that this pollution has a negative impact on them. President Joko Widodo plans to issue new regulations to speed up prosecution. Corruption by inspectors has also allowed dumping of regulated chemicals.

Skip Navigation Jump to Main. Rubbish dumpsites dot the river bank. The sad thing is there are 46 thousand hectares of critical land in the upper course of Citarum River. It was once a beautiful, pristine river that helped civilizations thrive since 4th century and earlier. Others were fishing, despite knowing that the fish they eat will likely have been exposed to toxic waste.

The locals and the river have been receiving benefit from this support. The government, however, is hopeful that this time will be different. The brothers have paddled across Citarum in plastic bottle canoes and filmed their journey there so they can provide shocking visuals about the reality of the river.

Retrieved 9 November However, the program is extremely limited due to its lack of transparency and the scope of regulation, which only covers a very limited number of substances and practices. Yudi Zanibar is the military commander of sector IV and he is in charge of cleaning 14km stretch of the river.

Poor sanitation and hygiene cause 50, deaths annually in Indonesia, with untreated sewage resulting in over six million tons of human waste being released into inland water bodies, according to an ongoing study by the World Bank.

Dismal regulation by authorities: Even toiling away in the fields is a challenge — Mr Yusup said he coated his body in a mixture of salt and soap, to prevent any direct contact with the toxic water used.

With kilometres pollhtion length, makes this river the longest river in West Java. The smell that emanates from the toxic waste dumping hole near Irwansyah’s home is unbearable at times.

Discovering Pollution Around the World: Citarum River, Indonesia

There are also lots of dead animals that has been floating around the river for who knows how long. A research found only 20 species of fish left in Jatiluhur Dam. Besides having to contend with the terrible smell which emanates from the polljtion, the toxic water has also caused his daughters to develop skin ailments such as rashes, hair fall, and scabies.

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Heavy pollution of river water by household and industrial waste in the Indonesian province of West Java is threatening the health of at least five million people living on the citaurm, say government officials and water experts. The Citarum River comes from two words, namely Ci and Tarum.

After heavy rains, once the river subsides, it leaves huge piles of trash on the river banks. People were using water from the river to wash their clothes. The river becomes very important as a source of water for 25 million people who are spread across nine counties and three cities in West Java; they are Bandung Regency, Karawang, Purwakarta Regency, Cianjur, Bandung, Cimahi and Bekasi.

Deni Riswandani, an activist with Elements of the Environment, a local NGO, says more effort must be made to resolve the issue. Archived from the original on 30 September Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Brang BijiMoyo Sumba: Inky, black, liquid waste is released into the river from factories. Bridge over the Citarum River. Aquacultures farming that do not comply with the rules of the conservation and control of land in the area of the upper function became one of the causes of tiver emergence of these critical lands.

Combine that to human excrements, because the locals do their daily things in the river.

The gargantuan task of cleaning Indonesia’s Citarum river

Learn how your comment data is processed. The doctor gave her medication and the vital solution; not using river water for the little girl. Citarum suffers from heavy sedimentation in several areas, which causes the river to overflow during the rainy season. About 27 million people rely on the river – the longest in West Java province – for irrigation, cltarum water and other daily needs.

The river is the subject of Channel 4’s Unreported Worldairing on Friday night.

Over textile factories line the river banks. China detains seven over river pollution scandal. BenanainMinaNoel BesiPollutiln. Authorities meantime remain optimistic, saying they are also planning to build more water treatment and sanitation facilities. With regards to regulation, according to Greenpeacethere have been several issues mainly:.