Citarum river, a shocking display of abuse

The Citarum river near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, displays the abuse that mankind has subjected it to.

Citarum river pollution (West Java, Indonesia)Citarum river pollution (West Java, Indonesia)

From the Daily Mail:

More than 500 factories, many of them producing textiles which require chemical treatment, line the banks of the 200-mile river, the largest waterway in West Java, spewing waste into the water.

Where once fishermen cast their nets, now people are foraging for rubbish. Sad story…

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Ria
Ria

This is so scary, how people tend to abuse nature, the same thing our life depends on.

Dan
Dan

i am doing a school project on this and the way these people’s lives are being destroyed because of the industry is sickening and should be stopped!

Holly
Holly

I’m a freelance writer, and happy to report that the first steps of a massive cleanup were approved in December, 2008, and will begin this year with the West Tarum Canal from the river to Jakarta’s water supply.

Dan, I’m doing an article for a water publication and would love a copy of your project if any of it is emailable.

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Lee
Lee

I’m doing a project on this too… But the sour truth is that a lot, even though not the majority, of the pollution is caused by us in our very own homes and offices… I realized while I was scouting out information for this

Holly
Holly
My primary interest in this is the quality of life for Indonesians, rather than role of the pollution cleaned up in a global sense, but your comments are correct. In case it’s helpful, I’ll see if I can copy my OOSKAnews story in. It appeared 1 6 09. Saving the World’s Most Polluted River JAKARTA , Indonesia (OOSKAnews) Passengers flying in and out of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, are often puzzled by what appears to be a long, narrow landfill winding across Java, one of the islands that comprise Indonesia. It’s not a landfill – it’s the Citarum River, often called… Read more »
carmelo ibarreta
carmelo ibarreta

all i thought only the pasig river of the philippines needs the world for salvaging. indonesia must have the same mind as to the filipinos as how we try to save our pasig river. i believe and i expect a lot form the project initiated by the an organization in our country. in seven years, i expect to see a newer pasig river nearly to become one of the primary sources of the country’s drinking water. save yours now. it needs time, actually more time. but time counts! do not waste.

chris felton
chris felton

our tyre embankments would make the river safe from flooding and with a bit of research we could use the rubbish in the river as tyre fill but most of the putrid rubbish would need to go to a speical landfill site tyres can be used as drainage in landfill to control leachate*

Filius
Filius

Isn’t Indonesia one of the strict moslem country.I guess corruption is not mentioned in their holy book.After all when one revers the god Mammon all other gods move aside and established laws do not apply because they interfere with the accumulation of money.

Gina
Gina

People are so freakin’ disgusting.

praven
praven

WOW!!!!!!

This is shocking. I just received an e-mail that opened my eyes. It would be interesting to know how drinkinging water would be supplied, via convential treatment or membranes?

If anybody knows, please let me know. I would like to help. praveng@ncp.co.za

Filius
Filius
Hi! Its me again.Lately I heard the USA is helping to clean up this river with a 500 million $ cash injection.I wonder how much of this money will reach the river.Probably less than 1 %.After all the goverment will hold talks how to best approach this problem.And this will take years and by that time all the money is spend (corruption is a way of life)and the will be back asking for more.Some body still remembers the tsunami a few years ago and all the money sitting in New York.None ever was spend for the victims and the money… Read more »
Holly
Holly
Filus, You probably didn’t read my long post, but the Asian Development Bank sealed the deal on a massive project to clean up the Citarum in January 09, and their projects do get done. They typically cover the entire cost with a match from the country, usually in-kind, so I’m pretty sure cleanup is underway. There are many stages and many stakeholders, plus tons of education to be done so governments and people change their habits as work is done in their area. You might be able to check progress on their site – I haven’t had time to see… Read more »
Filius
Filius
Hello again! Keep track of the cleanup of the Citarium river and check back into it every 6 months.As the old saying goes “Make money today tomorrow is some one elses problem.After all the more things change in the third world countries the more they stay the same.I was in the Phillipines in the 1970 and again in the 1980 and I noticed the unchecked logging.Remember Ormoc where 3000 people got flushed out in the ocean and all the landslides that are happening down there.Sometimes when you have time read a book called “Island of the blue dolphins”The book describes… Read more »
da bomb
da bomb

show a graph please

da bomb
da bomb

dude! this is freaking disgusting man!

filius
filius
Disgusting it may be.But the truth is out there.Look pat the propaganda and you will find it. Some years ago some think tank of smart guys Professors and such made a statement that had to do with the maximum amount of population our earth can support.If memory serves me correct the number given was 5 1/2 billion people.After that the earth will be in trouble.The latest figure or estimate foe today is 7 billion and growing at a rate of 1 million a month.How long do you think it will take before we go to war over water.There are water… Read more »
spanking king
spanking king

shut up you stupid geek

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