The Jakarta Post
The North Jakarta administration began planting water hyacinth in the Inlet 3 River in North Jakarta, on Sunday in a bid to remove pollution and beautify the waterway.
The operation head of the North Jakarta water management unit, Lambas Sigalingging, said the plant could absorb pollution particles and help clean the water.
“If the hyacinth grows well, it will protect the fish so they can swim comfortably. The plant can also get rid of the river's smell,” Lambas said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
Lambas said the administration would periodically monitor the water condition to see whether it was becoming cleaner.
Critics have said that water hyacinth is an invasive species that tended to spread undesirably.
The administration said it had anticipated this potential problem and would implement measures to limit the spreading of the plant. (cal)