The dirtiest river in the world
• the dirtiest river in the world
River Tsitarum (Citarum) located on the island of Java in Indonesia. Once it has been slowly flowing river, which the fishermen throwing their nets, and marine birds produce their own food. Locals from the river take water for their household needs. The river was filled with numerous irrigation canals to irrigate rice fields.
Today, the river is Tsitarum in terms of ecological catastrophe, choking with tonnes of household waste produced nine million people, and the emission of hundreds of plants.
A carpet of debris on the surface of the river is so dense that the only reminder of the fact that there is water, a small wooden fishing boat, floating on the river.
Passengers boat is no longer trying to catch fish. Now much more profitable earn a livelihood catching trash out of the water, which is the former fishermen can then sell - this is plastic bottles, broken chair legs, rubber gloves. At best, the garbage collectors earn their craft 1-2 pounds a week, every day risking their catch any disease.
More than 500 factories, many of which produce textiles, which requires chemical treatment, which is located on the shores of a 200-mile river, spewing waste into its waters. Here there is no such luxury as service to receive trash.
do not exist here, and modern toilets. Quite simply drained into the river. Dirty water is absorbed into the soil in the rice fields, and family risk their health by taking it for drinking, cooking and washing.
Only 20 years ago it was a beautiful place, then the river served the people living along its banks.
The decline of the river began with the rapid industrialization in the late 1980s. Majestic Tsitarum soon became a garbage cloaca for plants. Moreover, the negative effect and will spread further: Tsitarum - one of the two major rivers feeding the lake Saguling (Saguling), where French engineers built largest hydroelectric power plant in West Java.
Experts predict that the river will soon clogged debris so that its deepness decrease, and hydroelectric generator will not work properly. Then, the area around the sink in the darkness, but, at least, plants also stopped, and the flow is interrupted waste.
And, perhaps, the river begins to breathe again.