The Jakarta Post
The waste coming from several factories located in Bogor regency has polluted Bekasi River in West Java, an official has said.
Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi said on Monday that his administration had sent a letter to the Environment Agency of Bogor Regency but had yet to receive a response.
He added suspicion's arose because the factories were located near the Cileungsi River, which is directly adjacent to the Bekasi River.
"There are many factories located near the Cileungsi River. It's possible that they throw their waste into the river. We will ask them to create waste water treatment plants so that their waste will not contaminate the river," he said as quoted by kompas.com.
The pollutants in Bekasi River have been identified in the past few weeks. The color of the river has turned black and carries a strong smell.
Bekasi regional drinking water company (PDAM) relies on the river for raw water.
Bekasi Environment Agency, which evaluated the condition of the river, declared that the waters acidity level (pH) and dissolved oxygen level was below the expected standard. (rdi)