An employee walking along a thermal pipe at the Kamojang geothermal
power plant near Garut, West Java, on March 18. State utility provider
 Perusahaan Listrik Negara is targeting an additional 135 megawatts of
electricity from three new geothermal plants. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,.. etc.)
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) - (Text version)

“.. Nuclear Power Revealed

So let me tell you what else they did. They just showed you what's wrong with nuclear power. "Safe to the maximum," they said. "Our devices are strong and cannot fail." But they did. They are no match for Gaia.

It seems that for more than 20 years, every single time we sit in the chair and speak of electric power, we tell you that hundreds of thousands of tons of push/pull energy on a regular schedule is available to you. It is moon-driven, forever. It can make all of the electricity for all of the cities on your planet, no matter how much you use. There's no environmental impact at all. Use the power of the tides, the oceans, the waves in clever ways. Use them in a bigger way than any designer has ever put together yet, to power your cities. The largest cities on your planet are on the coasts, and that's where the power source is. Hydro is the answer. It's not dangerous. You've ignored it because it seems harder to engineer and it's not in a controlled environment. Yet, you've chosen to build one of the most complex and dangerous steam engines on Earth - nuclear power.

We also have indicated that all you have to do is dig down deep enough and the planet will give you heat. It's right below the surface, not too far away all the time. You'll have a Gaia steam engine that way, too. There's no danger at all and you don't have to dig that far. All you have to do is heat fluid, and there are some fluids that boil far faster than water. So we say it again and again. Maybe this will show you what's wrong with what you've been doing, and this will turn the attitudes of your science to create something so beautiful and so powerful for your grandchildren. Why do you think you were given the moon? Now you know.

This benevolent Universe gave you an astral body that allows the waters in your ocean to push and pull and push on the most regular schedule of anything you know of. Yet there you sit enjoying just looking at it instead of using it. It could be enormous, free energy forever, ready to be converted when you design the methods of capturing it. It's time. …”

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Govt to maximize use of new energy

Antara News, Wed, March 30 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will maximize the use of new and renewable energy, especially geothermal, hydro-energy and bio-fuels, before deciding to use nuclear energy.

Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry`s Director General for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Luluk Sumiarso said here on Tuesday that the use of nuclear energy would be the last option.

"But the last option does not meant that nuclear is not prepared. It will remain being prepared but we are now still maximizing the use of other new and renewable energy such as geothermal, hydro-power, and bio-fuels which have a big potential for development," Luluk said.

According to him, the plan to build nuclear power plants (PLTN) would continue to go ahead with the principle of conformity, readiness, and safety.

"But the use of nuclear energy needs a political decision," Luluk said, adding that the case of nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, would be a lesson for Indonesia.

He also said the government was revising the rules of new and renewable energy utilization in the energy mix that was previously targeted at 17 percent to be 25 percent in 2025.

"The revision of the energy mix is made by including nuclear and non nuclear," Luluk said.

He said the government would also make every effort to speed up the utilization of the new and renewable energy.

Therefore the government is currently carrying out the construction of the second phase 10,000 MW power plant with most of its energy will come from geothermal and hydro-power.

It is the target of the government that the geothermal capacity will increase by 2,000 MW in 2012 and rises to 5,000 MW in 2014 because the the country`s geothermal potential is 29,000 MW.

Luluk said that aside from geothermal energy, his party would also review the development of bio-fuels.

Editor: Suryanto

Monday, March 28, 2011

World Bank supports Indonesian Water Law

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 03/28/2011

The World Bank will begin the second phase of a program supporting the Indonesian government’s efforts to strengthen water and food security through managing water resources better.

The Water Resources and Irrigation Sector Management program is expected to directly impact over 500,000 farming households in 100 districts across 14 provinces.

With greater water security, farmers can produce more, earn more and play a part in securing Indonesia’s food supply. To achieve this heightened food security, however, the farmers themselves must play a role in managing local water resources. Indonesian law now stipulates that farmers, district governments and other stakeholders should all participate in managing water resources and the irrigation sector.

“Farmers are typically members of small water-user associations. But once these small groups band together under larger federations with up to 2,000 members, they gain a higher bargaining position with traders and supermarkets and also gain better access to finance,” Paul van Hofwegen, World Bank Senior Water Resources Specialist for Indonesia, said in a release received by The Jakarta Post on Monday.

“In return, these federations need to work together with government agencies on the operations and upkeep of their local water resources. This would include joint planning on water allocation and distribution, repairs and canal cleaning,” he added.

Water-user associations and federations are one of the byproducts of the World Bank’s first phase program in water resources and irrigation sector management, which began in 2003. To date, there are over 1,000 water-user association federations covering over 800,000 hectares of irrigated areas.

The first phase of the program was designed to help put Indonesia’s 2004 Water Law into action, a law which emphasizes decentralization, democracy and transparency. To this end, World Bank support has led to the formation of national and provincial councils to help coordinate among stakeholders in the area of basin water resource management.

Phase two of this program will focus on improving capacity for basin water resource and irrigation management, as well as boosting agricultural productivity in irrigated areas. It will be financed by a $150 million loan approved by the World Bank’s executive board on March 22, 2011.

“Through improved agricultural productivity and water security, the project contributes to economic growth, poverty reduction and food security. Food security is still a concern for the Indonesian government, and the irrigation systems included under the program are the backbone of Indonesia's staple food supply,” says Stefan Koeberle, World Bank Country Director for Indonesia.

The second phase will entail a series of training exercises at district, provincial and central government levels and physical repairs at certain facilities, including the Jatiluhur irrigation system in West Java.

Japan Water Plants Warned Over Radioactive Rain

Jakarta Globe, March 28, 2011

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Japan’s health ministry has asked water purification plants nationwide to stop taking in rainwater and cover pools with tarpaulins to shield them from radiation from a crippled nuclear plant.

The capital Tokyo and several nearby municipalities last week said they had detected radioactive iodine-138 levels that made their tap water unsafe for infants, although the contamination has dropped off since.

The health ministry warned at the weekend that fresh rainfall could capture radioactive elements that have escaped from the stricken Fukushima plant, and channel them via rivers and dams into drinking water supplies.

“As the radioactive substances increased in Tokyo after rainfalls, the ministry has asked operators of water purification plants nationwide to take possible countermeasures,” a ministry official told AFP Monday.

Steps included “stopping the intake of river water after rain and covering purified water pools with plastic sheets,” the official said.

“The ministry has instructed that such measures be taken only to the extent where they do not disrupt a stable potable water supply.”

The ministry also advised the plants that they can use a powdered carbon substance in the purification process to reduce radioactive materials.

Japan’s meteorological agency forecast that it may snow or rain Tuesday afternoon in parts of Fukushima prefecture, where the tsunami-stricken plant is located, and in neighbouring Ibaraki prefecture.

Agence France-Presse

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Water woes a worry for Indonesia’s big cities

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 03/23/2011

The rapid growth of Asian cities has not kept pace with the number of people who need clean water and proper sanitation, an expert says.

Densely populated urban areas in Indonesia still face obstacles in providing residents with clean water and adequate sanitation, Hubert Gijzen, the director of Unesco’s office in Jakarta, said on Tuesday.

“Ongoing rapid population increases in cities have impeded efforts to provide proper water and sanitation services for urban people, although progress has been made,” Hubert said.

Hubert made his comments on the sidelines of a discussion titled “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenges” held by the Public Works Ministry, the UN and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

The discussion was held to celebrate World Water Day, observed on March 22.

According to the UN, the water supply in Indonesia’s rural areas increased to 71 percent last year, up from 62 percent in 1990.

On the contrary, the water supply to urban areas decreased to 89 percent last year, down from 92 percent in 1990, partially attributable to a vast increase in urban dwellers.

Gijzen said that finding innovative solutions to provide clean water was urgent given that the world’s population would top 7 billion later this year, half of whom would be concentrated in cities.

Public Works Minister Joko Kirmanto said urban populations in Indonesia had drastically increased from year to year, resulting in the massive exploitation of land and water resources, as well as increased pollution from household and industrial waste.

“We have developed water catchment areas and drainage systems to provide better access to clean water to urban communities and to protect them from flooding,” he told journalists.

Yet urban residents face unstable water supplies due to the improper use of water resources and massive land conversions. Many water catchment areas have been converted to residences or industrial complex.

Gijzen said developing sustainable urban water management practices required a paradigm shift and innovation.

Citing an example, he said that eco-hydrology was a simple engineering technique that offered an effective way to provide better access to clean water for people living in urban areas.

“It sounds like a difficult term, but eco-hydrology basically tries to intervene in water flows in rivers, lakes, or even in coastal areas, with very simple techniques. It will help water bodies to strengthen their purification activities,” he said.

In the Netherlands, for example, local governments bought land from farmers and developed dykes along the riverbanks. “They can spread out the water inside the rivers. The rivers will be biologically more active,” he said.

LIPI director Lukman Hakim said conventional approaches for managing water resources that focused on technical aspects were not enough to cope with water crises in urban areas.

“We need more sustainable and integrated approaches to preserve water resources,” he said.

Gijzen said that eco-hydrology could not be separated from two other important steps — rational water use and innovative water reuse — desperately needed to improve water management. (ebf)

Nuclear Power Not Needed in Indonesia: PLN

Jakarta Globe, Ririn Radiawati Kusuma, March 23, 2011

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State Electricity Company (PLN) says it does not need nuclear power plants — yet.

The comments follow a continued effort by the National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) to push for the use of nuclear energy in Indonesia despite an international backlash due to the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan.

“Commercially, Indonesia does not need nuclear power plants yet,” PLN president director Dahlan Iskan told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday.

He said producing nuclear energy was more expensive than producing electricity from coal and gas.

He said as well as coal and gas, which Indonesia had in abundance, other options included renewable energies, such as hydro and geothermal.

He did, however, say that it would be good for Indonesia to begin preparations for the possibility of using nuclear energy.

Batan is now focusing on the island of Batam as a proposed site for a nuclear power plant. Batam lies uncomfortably close to the major fault line that produced the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

RI Soil Too Unstable For Nuke Power

Antara News, Otniel Tamindael, Sat, March 19 2011

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Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Environmentalists and public activists have launched years of protests, arguing that Indonesia`s soil is too unstable for the building and safe operation of nuclear power plants.

It is because Indonesian`s more than 17,000 islands are scattered along a belt of volcanic and seismic activity, known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire" that makes the country one of the most quake-prone places on the planet.

Despite the nuclear crisis which was touched off by the powerful earthquake and its ensuing devastating tsunami in Japan, Indonesian officials are pushing ahead with plans to build the country`s first nuclear power plants.

But energy expert Lilo Sunaryo said in Semarang, Central Java, on Friday that Indonesia had to learn from the nuclear disaster in Japan and then review its nuclear power plants project.

"Indonesia has to learn from the disaster of reactor nuclear leaks in Japan and review its plan to build nuclear power plants," Lilo Sunaryo said.

Although the people of Japan have sophisticated technology and a high degree of discipline, Lilo said they were still overwhelmed by the nuclear catastrophe.

Even the Japanese government itself has admitted that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week`s twin natural disasters and the nuclear crisis, triggered by the earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 10,000 lives.

"Let alone Indonesia which lacks of both technology and discipline. Some countries have even abandoned their nuclear power plants and the rest have reviewed their plans to build such facilities," Lilo said, referring to the Philippines, Malaysia, Spain, and Venezuela.

In the Philippines the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) has gone unused as the events in Japan have led the country to discard its plans to activate the plant.

A proposal to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in the Philippines is at least for now dead in the water after partial meltdowns at 2 nuclear reactors in Japan revived fears of a Chernobyl-like disaster.

Meanwhile, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said it was better for his country not to have a nuclear power plant.

"You know my view about it. We do not know enough about the reaction of this material," Mahathir was quoted by Bernama as telling to reporters when he was asked for his view on building the nuclear power plant.

In Madrid, AFP reported recently that the Spanish government would review security measures at all its six nuclear power plants in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

"A review of the security systems of all the reactors in the country will take place to learn as many lessons as possible from what happened in Japan," Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian told Spanish Parliament.

According to AFP, Venezuelan President Hugo Chaves in Caracas last Tuesday said he suspended his country`s fledgling nuclear energy program in the wake of nuclear crisis in Japan.

Hugo Chaves said he had directed Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez to freeze the plans they have been advancing, for preliminary studies of a peaceful Venezuelan nuclear program.

"What has happened in the last hours is extremely risky and dangerous for the whole world, because despite the advanced technology that Japan has, just look at what has been happening with some nuclear reactors," Chavez said.

In the light of all these Lilo Sunaryo said it was no longer necessary for Indonesia to have a nuclear power plant.

According to him, a nuclear plant for Indonesia was a dilemma because besides producing energy it also produces hazardous substances with a tendency to create various kinds of diseases.

"The world at present is not in a situation of cold war and therefore the use of alternative energy should be optimized," Lilo said.

He pointed out that alternative energy could be obtained from sun, wind, geothermal, tidal waves, sea currents, and agricultural waste such as dried rice stalks or straw.

"Alternative energy will never be exhausted because nature can always provide it, and so will the energy from agricultural waste from straws so long as the people consume rice, but energy sources such as oil, gas, coal, and uranium would run out sooner or later" he said.

Lilo said Indonesia should not live in high risk with the use of nuclear energy.
"The nuclear power plants will only be profitable for the factory but not for the people at large," Lilo warned.

But ironically Irwan Meilono, a geodesics lecturer at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), said in Bandung on Tuesday that Indonesia should not fear to build its nuclear power plants following the explosion at a similar facility in Fukushima, Japan.

He said Japan`s nuclear reactor blast was caused by an earthquake because most of Japan was quake prone, and although Indonesia suffered frequent earthquake, it still has many quake-free areas in Kalimantan, Bangka-Belitung, and northern parts of Java island.

"In relation to the disaster, Indonesia is predicted to resume the building of a nuclear power plant at by 2018 or 2020," Irwan said.

According to him, Kalimantan, Bangka Belitung and Irian are some regions considered as potential areas to build the nuclear power plants.

The nuclear plans are part of an ambitious proposal by Indonesia
to triple its electricity output by 2025 while weaning itself off imported oil and onto local coal, gas, and renewable and atomic energy.

A 2006 decree by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono calls for 5 percent of electricity to come from nuclear and other new energy and renewable energy sources by then.

The most prominent project is a proposal to build two plants with a combined capacity of 18,000 megawatts by 2022 in the provincial government of Bangka-Belitung because it is far from the most active fault lines.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Storm Chaos Reignites Calls for Relocation of  the Capital

The Jakarta Post, Dessy Sagita & Arientha Primanita | March 18, 2011

A tree collapsed in front of National Police headquarter in South Jakarta
 on Wednesday. Extreme weather in the capital saw hail falling from the
 sky, trees uprooted, widespread surface flooding and damage to the
exclusive Senayan City in South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Farouk Arnaz) 
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The Jakarta administration is organizing compensation for vehicles and structures damaged by Wednesday’s freak weather, but frustrated Jakartans say more is needed: a capital relocation.

“Jakarta is under pressures it can no longer handle,” said Andrinof Chaniago, a public policy expert from the University of Indonesia, raising once again the debate of whether Indonesia needs to move its capital.

The sever weather on Wednesday afternoon quickly flooded roads throughout the capital, downed 42 trees and broke off branches from at least 100 more, damaging several cars and buildings in the process.

Catharina Suryowati, head of Jakarta’s Parks and Cemeteries Office , said the city would compensate the owners of each unit damaged by the trees with Rp 10 million ($1,140) each. “To claim it, the owners must give visual evidence in the form of photos, a police letter and the vehicle documents, while for buildings or houses, they must attach a letter from their neighborhood heads,” she said, adding that claims would be accepted for two months.

She acknowledged that more than 2,000 of the 70,000 trees in the city are at risk of collapse. “The trees are old, sick, rotten or tilting by more than 30 degrees. The trees’ trunks are prone to be broken,” she said.

Hari Sasongko Kushadi, head of the city’s Building Control and Monitoring Office, said owners of cars damaged by four collapsed billboards could also make claims with the city’s Tax Office against the sign owners.

Nirwono Joga, an urban planner from Trisakti University, said the city administration was always reactive to incidents like this, but rarely made attempts to prevent incidents. “It is not the trees’ faults but the planning of the trees planters,” he said.

But Andrinof said the problem was insufficient infrastructure and services creaking under the weight of a growing population.

Jakarta has become a magnet for people across the country because it is the center for both government and business. “It is now time to consider separating these two functions,” he said.

Intan Wibisono, a public relations consultant, agreed. “If the center of administration is relocated, development will spread to another part of the country and people wouldn’t flock to Jakarta,” she said. “It’s going to be a very big investment, and I know the transition period is going to be chaotic and painful, but it might pay off in the long run.”

The price of inaction, Andrinof said, was expensive for Jakartans who are forced to spend more for gas and medical costs. “Not to mention, wasting hours on the road makes people aggressive; Jakarta is full of angry, impatient people,” he said.

Emil Hartanto, an office worker who rides a motorbike from his house in Depok to his office in Pancoran, South Jakarta, every day, knows this all too well. “When you spend hours in the maze of traffic, your mood is ruined, you arrive in the office tired and grumpy, with not much energy left to stay productive,” he said.

The capital urgently needs to be relocated, Andrinof said. “There is no way to catch up, a breakthrough must happen,” he added.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Extreme Weather Causes Havoc in Jakarta

Jakarta Globe, March 16, 2011

The damaged Senayan City mall. Extreme weather in the capital on
Wednesday saw hail falling from the sky, trees uprooted, widespread
surface flooding and damage to the exclusive Senayan City in South
Jakarta. (Photo Amanda Valani)

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Extreme weather in the capital on Wednesday saw hail falling from the sky, trees uprooted, widespread surface flooding and damage to the exclusive Senayan City in South Jakarta.

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forcaster Bunga confirmed that hail had fallen in the Senayan and Thamrin areas in the central capital.

Bunga said hail would fall on rare occasions in Jakarta during the transition between the wet and dry seasons.

“It is also triggered by extreme weather like we are experiencing now,” she said.

Trees had also blown over throughout the capital, including at the Al Azhar Islamic School, Bunga said.

Miraculously, there no injuries when a tree was flown over at National Police headquarters, damaging 14 cars at 3 p.m.

Heavy winds also caused panels from the outside of Senayan City mall to peel away from the building. The ceiling to the Brewhouse cafe on the ground floor also collapsed. There were a number of shocked customers but no injuries.

Afdita Sari, a public relations consultant, said the hailstorm caused damage to buildings in the Senopati area in South Jakarta.

She said the thumb-sized hail broke windows in her office building at 3 p.m.

“My colleagues and I rushed out the building because of the clanking on the roof,” she said. “We saw ice pellets falling from the sky and the hailstorm lasted for about 15 minutes.”

Afdita said the hailstorm was followed by strong winds that lasted for 10 minutes.

“It was the first hail I’ve seen — very scary.”

She said a stall selling cigarettes in front of her building was damaged when a tree was blown over on top of it.

Bunga said the bad weather would continue tonight.

The Traffic Management Center said traffic from the Jalan Sudirman traffic circle to Senayan was at a standstill.

“Take the TransJakarta bus if you must,” the center said on its Web site.

The traffic is expected to be heavy this evening.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Governor : high-rise buildings in Jakarta quake-proof

Antara News, Mon, March 14 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said high-rise buildings in the Indonesian capital have been built to withstand earthquakes of up to several points on the Richter Scale.

"Theoretically, the buildings have the same strength as those in Japan. But we must not lose our guard," he said at City Hall here on Monday.

Fauzi`s statement came following a huge earthquake in Japan on Friday. He said although it was hit by huge quake many buildings in Japan remained standing and could withstand the tremor and the subsequent tsunami.

In view of that he asked the Jakarta provincial administration`s regional secretary as head of regional disaster management agency to study and evaluate the disaster in Japan.

When the disaster occurred in Japan the Jakarta administration`s assistant for development and living environment had invited the building construction advisory team to discuss requirements on the strength of building construction with regard to changing strategic environment.

The development assistant has also been asked to collect views from high-rise building construction experts for it. "I know there is now a safety requirement for high-rise buildings but how far it could assure safety during earthquake," he said.

Fauzi said four-storey buildings and shop houses that are not required to have a building adviser or a construction team also had to assure safety factors.

"I am afraid they would use construction materials which are below standards for economy purposes," he said.

"I did not accuse them but I am afraid it could happen on four-storey buildings or shop houses. We saw a lot of victims were in towns that had a lot of three or four-storey buildings," he said.

Editor: Aditia Maruli

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Six rivers in Gorontalo polluted

Antara News, Sun, March 6 2011

Gorontalo (ANTARA News) - Six big rivers in Gorontalo province had been polluted and dangerous for water consumption due to contamination of toxic susbtances from illegal mining activities around the location,an official said.

The contamination was reported last year by Gorontalo province`s Board of Environment, Research and Technology, Chief of local Environmental Management Affairs Rugaya Biki said here Sunday.

Rugaya said the six polluted rivers were Bone (Bone Bolango district), Biyonga (Gorontalo district), Paguyaman (between Gorontalo and Boalemo district), Buladu (North Gorontalo district), Taluduyunu and Adagila Atingola (Pohuwatu district).

"The upstream, central and downstream parts of the rivers are polluted by mercury from illegal mining activities. Apart from that, we also find `Fecal Coli` bacteria contained in the water," Rugaya said adding that the bacteria emerged as a result of people`s careless habit of throwing garbage into the river.

In respond to this finding, Rugaya suggested people not consume the water of the six polluted rivers anymore. "The water is dangerous for human consumption even if it is cooked first. I also strongly suggest that people not use the water for bathing because it may cause light allergy," she said.

However, Rugaya guaranteed the quality of water processed by the government`s water processing company (PDAM). "Though the water processed comes from the six polluted rivers, certain treatment by the PDAM system makes the water save for consumption," she said.

Editor: Priyambodo RH