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Scientists warn of Citarum pollution dangers

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 10 2011   /  08:00 am

This is the last of three stories on the impact of the polluted Citarum River.

The problems found at the Citarum River are similar to those found in other rivers in Java and other places across Indonesia. The only difference is that many people depend on the Citarum.

The 269-kilometer-long river that runs through 12 local administrations provides water for drinking, industry and agricultural activities along its banks and it is polluted by the very same activities it nurtures.

Research conducted on the river found various pollutants from organic materials to heavy metal substances.

Sunardi, a lecturer in environmental toxicology at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java, said that if the pollution continued it would disrupt the river ecosystem, which could lead to the loss of fish and diseases for humans. “The first diseases that could hit people livi...