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Would you believe this is a major source for drinking water?

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Is this the world's most polluted river?

By CLAIRE BATES 5th June 2007

 

 

A man searches through the debris on what appears to be a massive rubbish heap...until you realize he is sitting on a small rowing boat.

 

He is actually floating on what must be one of the world's most polluted rivers in Indonesia. And his mind-boggling task is to collect plastic for recycling.

 

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The river Citarum in the West Java province is full of rotting rubbish and pollution spewed out from 500 industries and the homes of five million people.

 

 

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The waterway is the main source for drinking water for cities such as Jakarta. It also supplies power to three dams - essential for the region's electricity as well as Indonesia's largest paddy field.

 

Experts are concerned the fetid water may soon start corroding the hydropower stations in the area.

 

A worrying study by the Jasa Tuta Public Corporation has estimated that pollution is set to double by 2025.

 

Clearly the river needs more than a few men and their boats to tackle this environmental nightmare.

 

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That's what happens when poverty takes hold and people let their guard down.

 

Reminds me a little of Monroe Harbor, several years ago, after a previous nights yuppies party on the anchored boats---

the following day, the pier was closed to shore anglers---

the Chgo Park District blamed the fishermen for depositing their trash in the water---

ya, right.

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