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Bogor groundwater in critical condition: Official

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 27, 2017   /  01:01 pm
Bogor groundwater in critical condition: Official A banana tree is placed in the middle of Jl. Ciangsana, Gunung Putri, Bogor, West Java, on Oct. 10, 2016, as a symbol of protest against the local administration for not repairing the damaged road, which is often inundated by flood water during heavy rains. (JP/P.J. Leo)

Pollution and a decreasing amount of forest have damaged Bogor's environment and severely degraded the city’s groundwater, which is now in a critical state, an official said on Monday.

"Research in West Java in 2016 found that the groundwater of Bogor [in West Java] is in critical condition. If we let this continue I can’t imagine what will happen in the next five years," Bogor Environment Agency acting head Aulia Guntang said.

Aulia said finding clean water in the next five years would be difficult for Bogor residents if the condition remained the same.

He added that the Bogor administration was currently fighting the crisis by limiting the use of groundwater and raising people’s awareness of the importance of planting trees and making biopore holes,

“Floods would have been prevented and groundwater could be maintained if every neighborhood unit in Bogor city had its own biopore,” Aulia said as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that biopore holes did more than just storing rainwater, but also reduced the quantity of organic waste going to landfill.

According to him, there could be around a 25 percent reduction in the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill if every community unit had a biopore infiltration system.

The Bogor administration, he said, had also warned private companies in the city to strengthen their commitment to conserving the environment.

"We will intensify the supervision of private companies that have invested in Bogor to make sure they meet their commitment to conserving the environment, otherwise an official warning will be issued" he said. (idb)

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