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Government to clean 11 rivers JAKARTA - The central government has announced plans to restore some 11 heavily poluted rivers as part of the governments actions on climate change. A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that the program would be one of the highest priorities of the newly installed government.

The plan is also aimed at preventing flooding in the future as global climate change is likely to produce more heavy rainfall in shorter periods of time. "The government will focus on efforts to upgrade water quality of the country’s biggest rivers so that one day, people can use it including for agriculture sector or as sources of clean water," said Antung, the spokesperson.

The rivers that are to be cleaned are the Ciliwung river in Jakarta, the Citarum in Bandung, Siak in Riau, Batanghari in Jambi, Musi in Palembang, Cisadane and Citanduy in Bogor, Bengawan Solo in East Java and the Barito river in Banjarmasin on Kalimantan. The aim is to clean the rivers to the water can be used for various purposes again.

Data from the the department of Environment showed that the water quality in the 11 rivers was classified as heavy polluted due to massive chemical wastes from industries, households and agriculture activities. Antung said the government would also maintain the quantity of water flowing into the river by rehabilitation of forests along the rivers.


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Posted in Environment @ 15 November 2009 08:20 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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