The Citarum River in Indonesia is So Polluted That You Can’t Even See the Water (PHOTOS and VIDEO)

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I would have never imagined something like that in Indonesia!

Discover the Citarum River, one of the most polluted river in the world! And you can’t even see the water below the trash!

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Most polluted river in the world: Citarum River in Indonesia. Photo: memolition.com

Citarum is the longest and largest river in West Java, Indonesia.  About 5 million people live along the river. But they are only reposible for a small amout of this pollution!

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The Citarum river is so polluted you cannot see the water under the trash. Photo: memolition.com

The citarum river is used to support agriculture, water supply, fishery, industry, sewerage, electricity and more… According to some witnesses, the color of water may change color depending of what dye they are using in textile fabrics.

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People makeing their market in the Citarum river. Photo: memolition.com

More than 2,000 industries contaminate 5,020 sq miles of the river with lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxins. But textile factories in Bandung and Cimahi are the major toxic waste contributors.

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The extremely dirty citarum river flows downstream into rice paddies where families dangerously use it to live. Photo: memolition.com

But people rely on this river to cook, eat and actually live! How is this mess possible?

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A child bading in the extreme polluted Citarum RIver in Indonesia. Photo: memolition.com

On December 5, 2008, the Asian Development Bank approved a $500 million loan for cleaning up the river, calling it the world’s dirtiest.Now the Citarum is getting better. The pollution has decreased but the Citarum River still remains in the top ten world’s dirtiest rivers in the world.

Pretty hard to imagine swimming your children in this trash, no? Try to imagine everything bad (bacteria, viruses and sea creatures among others) you may find in there!

Don’t you feel pretty happy to have clean drinking water?

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