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Liquor waste pollution in Bengawan Solo River disrupts operations of two waste water treatment installations

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

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Surakarta   /   Sat, November 9, 2019   /  11:56 am
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The Bengawan Solo River in Pasar Kliwon subdistrict, Surakarta, Central Java, has been polluted by waste from the production of a traditional Javanese alcohol called 'ciu'.(kompas.com/Labib Zamani)

The operations of two water treatment installations (IPA) in Surakarta, Central Java, have been disrupted by liquor waste pollution in the Bengawan Solo River.  It had previously been reported that waste from the production of a traditional Javanese alcoholic drink called ciu had polluted the river, resulting in the death of fish and disrupting the supply of clean water. State tap water company Tirta Wening spokesperson Bayu Tunggul said the situation caused the closure of two water treatment installations (IPA) in Jebres and Jurug for two days. “We cannot process the water because the waste is too thick. It has a murky color and smells like alcohol. We have had to cease operations, which has disrupted the water supply for residents in the area,” Bayu said on Thursday. Ciu is a traditional alcoholic beverage made from fermented sugar cane....