Tempo Interactive, Tuesday, 30 March, 2010 | 17:21 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Tegal: The Water Resources Management Body (BPSDA) has found an indication of extreme pollution in Pekalongan City and regency because of batik industry textiles colorings.
According to Pangestu Yudhoyono, the BPSDA Head of River Control and Utilization for the Pemali-Comal Section, the river condition is worse compared to others.
“The water in the river is not feasible for any use,” said Pangestu yesterday.
Pollution occured in four rivers, which are Tirto River (Pekalongan regency), Meduri, Banger, and Grogolan, in Pekalongan City area.
“The waste disposal of batik colorings around the river have happened for a long time,” he said.
As a consequence, the river could not be used to irrigate rice paddy fields or fish cultivation in the delta area.
The water in the four rivers has even halted shrimp production.
“There are no shrimp farmers because of the river pollution,” said Pangestu.
He asked the local Environment Office to rehabilitee the river water quality.
“Do not let industry ruin the environment,”
The Head of the Pekalongan Regency Environment Office, Jayin, confirmed the bad water quality in his area.
Currently, they are still trying to reduce waste disposal to the rivers.
“Several entrepreneurs have made waste disposal installations, meanwhile for home industry business, we are making these together,” he said.
According to Jayin, they need a long time to rehabilitate river water quality in his area.
Right now the institution is still educating batik entrepreneurs to realize the importance of safeguarding river environment balance in their area, especially for small entrepreneurs.
“By forming waste disposal treatment groups,” he said.
Two scavengers search for plastic garbage in Citarum River, Baleendah in Bandung on Sunday. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has declared the 270 kilometer river as the world’s most polluted river. (Antara/Rezza Estily)