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Jakarta Post

Pollution turns East Jakarta river blue

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 3, 2019   /   07:13 pm
Pollution turns East Jakarta river blue Pollution turned a stretch of the Sunter River near Jl. Cipinang Muara 1 in Pondok Bambu, East Jakarta, blue on May 2. (Warta Kota/Rangga Baskoro)

A stretch of the Sunter River that passes community unit (RW) 03 in Cipinang Muara, Duren Sawit subdistrict, East Jakarta, turned blue on Thursday, allegedly because of industrial waste.

Mahfud, a worker of the East Jakarta water body management unit, claimed he was the first person who noticed the polluted river.

The 50-year-old filed a report with his supervisors. 

“The waste started flowing into the Sunter River from a community drainage system yesterday at around 11 a.m.,” he told on Friday.

There was a significant amount of blue liquid waste, Mahfud said, adding that he noticed the pollution began to go away at 1:40 a.m. on Friday.

“[Another worker] said the pollution was disappearing early in the morning,” Mahfud said, referring to a worker who was on duty securing an excavator.

He suspected that the waste came from a house adjacent to the river. 

“Despite the waste, I didn’t see any dead fish in the river,” he said. reported that the river turned red on Friday morning at 11 a.m. (das)