Sunday, May 2, 2010

Polluted River... think again.

The World's Most Polluted River

West Java , Indonesia:

One of the world's most polluted rivers, the Citarum in Indonesia, is to get a $500m (£343m) clean up. It is hoped the effort, backed by a loan from the Asian Development Bank, will improve the lives of millions of people.

The loan package will be delivered over the next 15 years, and will support sanitation projects and construction of waste treatment plants in the river basin to provide safe water supply to poor families who use the polluted river for fishing, bathing and laundry.

Workers in Jakarta clean piles of rubbish along the river twice a week to minimise flooding in the city ahead of the rainy season.

It is hoped the clean up will allow the cultivation of an additional 61,700 acres (25,000 hectares) of rice paddy, benefiting 25,000 farming families.

The river management programme also aims to supply water to 200,000 more households in Jakarta. It will ultimately increase Jakarta's water supply by 2.5% yearly, and benefit millions by resolving critical water shortages in Bandung, Indonesia's fourth largest city.

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