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Jakarta Post

Clean water and the lack of it

  • Burhanuddin Abe


Jakarta   /   Wed, March 23 2011   /  11:29 am

Water contamination in Indonesia is causing increasing concern. Natural phenomenon like volcanoes, storms, earthquakes and so forth indeed change the quality of water but do not cause extreme contamination.

Serious contamination is in fact caused by human behavior resulting in deterioration to a dangerous degree in the quality of water in the lakes, rivers, sea and ground water.

Nowadays it is difficult to obtain clean water, even from the rivers on the mountains. Most of the water contamination in Indonesia is caused by human activities such as household, farming, industrial and mining waste.

Household waste contains organic as well as non-organic garbage. Farming waste includes pesticides and fertilizers, while industrial waste often contains pollutants that are hazardous and poisonous.

Thus the contaminated water can destroy various organisms that live ...