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Life Along The World's Most Polluted River

BANDUNG, JAVA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 27: Factory waste including dyes from the many textile factories in the region drain into a tributary of the Citarum river on August 27, 2018 outside Bandung, Java, Indonesia. Despite its being named the worlds most polluted river by the World Bank, around 28 million people in Indonesia depend on the Citarum River for irrigation, electricity, as well as nearly 80 percent of the capital city's water supply. Based on reports, more than 20,000 tons of waste and 340,000 tons of wastewater are disposed of directly into the waterways of the third-biggest river in Java everyday from thousands of textile factories, killing nearly 60 percent of the rivers fish species and causing health problems for people living along the polluted river. In recent years, the Indonesian government has vowed to clean the Citarum river as studies from environmental groups had found that levels of lead in the Citarum River reached 1,000 times worse than the U.S. standards for drinking water, but the problem has persisted due to the lack of coordination, maintenance and enforcement. (Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)
Life Along The World's Most Polluted River
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