The Jakarta Post
The Bekasi River in West Java has become so polluted that both the Bekasi administration and civil society groups have called on the central government to step in to restore the river.
Head of Community Care for Cileungsi-Cikeas Rivers (KP2C) Puarman said the Cileungsi River, which along with the Cikeas River are tributaries of the Bekasi River, regularly turned dark and malodorous, especially during the dry season.
The Cileungsi and Cikeas rivers meet on the border of Bekasi and Bogor in West Java and when passing Bekasi the rivers become the Bekasi River.
“[The Cileungsi River] has been heavily polluted for two or three years now, and the heaviest was in May this year when the dry season was at its height,” Puarman told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
He said that because of the low water volume in the river during the dry season, the pollution in the river...