The Jakarta Post
West Jakarta Mayor Rustam Effendi suspects that factories in Daan Mogot may be contaminating the Mookervart River that runs through the area.
“The Mookervart River is black. It’s polluted, so that means there is some waste there,” Rustam said on Tuesday at the Jakarta Legislative Council building, as quoted by kompas.com.
He said that the river turned black because of the waste from factories on Jl. Daan Mogot.
Rustam said that if the factories’ waste-treatment systems had been working properly, the waste water would not have turned the river black.
“[The waste] should be processed before being dumped into the river. If we look at the river’s condition, there must be something wrong. That’s why we need to check up on them,” he said.
He said that currently a team was inspecting premises in Daan Mogot. If the team found a factory without a waste-treatment facility or infiltration wells, it would be given a warning and might be forced to close.
“The heaviest penalty is by suspending their operation,” he said.
The Jakarta administration began inspecting groundwater-treatment facilities, infiltration wells and waste-treatment facilities in the city starting on Monday and will continue until July 20.
The administration will inspect a total of 40 buildings at the Jakarta Industrial Estate in Pulogadung and another 40 in Daan Mogot. (ami/wit)