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Smelly water: Bekasi regency residents bear brunt of overloaded dumpsite

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Jakarta   /   Mon, February 17, 2020   /  07:51 am
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Scavengers collect trash at the Burangkeng dump site in Burangkeng, a village in Bekasi regency, West Java, on Aug. 1, 2019. (JP/Budi Sutrisno)

An unpleasant odor filling the air is not the only issue people living in Burangkeng village, Setu, Bekasi regency face, as the Burangkeng final disposal site (TPA), which is operating beyond its capacity, has also contaminated their groundwater, further posing risks to their wellbeing. People living in Burangkeng village are susceptible to water contamination, as garbage from their local disposal site has infested their houses. Those living in close proximity to the landfill have slightly yellow and oily water, with an unpleasant odor coming emanating from it when stored for at least two hours in a reservoir. Among those affected is Mulyani, a 31-year-old scavenger who was born and raised in the village long before the disposal site became overloaded, when living conditions she claimed were better.  The sole disposal site of the rege...