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The gargantuan task of cleaning Indonesia’s Citarum river

The gargantuan task of cleaning Indonesia’s Citarum river
From Al Jazeera - March 22, 2018

West Java, Indonesia - Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier this year started an ambitious programme of cleaning up an almost 300km stretch of Citarum River, labelled as one of the most polluted rivers in the world.

Pollution comes from many sources: from everyday garbage and domestic waste to thousands of factories dumping their poorly managed waste into the river.

Up to 500,000 cubic metre of rubbish ends up in Citarum river annually, and heavy metal contamination in the water coming from the factory waste has reached critical level.

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