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Jakarta Post

Coastal area needs absorption wells

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 8 2011   /  01:50 pm

Serious attention to the degradation of the environment in the city’s north coastal area is needed as its high salinity level has caused two structures to collapse in one year, experts say.

Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) researcher Heri Andreas said infrastructure in North Jakarta needed extra care to prevent corrosion that occurs faster than in other areas.

“The saltwater in North Jakarta can worsen the corrosion process, so maintenance must be conducted regularly and should not be neglected,” he said.

Salt water has been seeping into the city at an alarming rate, Heri said. North Jakarta residents have been forced to deal with salty tap water.

Recently, the supports of a 7-meter-high slide at the Atlantis Water Adventure water park in Ancol, North Jakarta, collapsed after being weakened by prolonged exposure to salt water.

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