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Jakarta Post

City eyes cleaner rivers with regulations on detergent use

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2019   /  01:31 am

The Jakarta administration is set to issue a regulation on the use of hard detergents to prevent the cleaning product from polluting the city’s rivers, such as what happened to the Sentiong River in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, which recently became covered in foam.

Nicknamed Kali Item (Black River), the Sentiong River is notorious for its foul stench, but its most recent condition prompted city officials to start working on a solution to clean up the waterway.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the use of hard detergents was responsible for the Sentiong River’s current state.

“This is a problem that exists all over Indonesia, which is the use of detergents with high pollutants that nature cannot process,” he said.

The best solution, he said, was to push for the use of soft detergent. He also urged the central government to issue better regulations on...