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00:00:02
>> This is one of the world's dirtiest rivers. The Citarum stretches hundreds of kilometers across Indonesia from a spring in West Java to a sea near the capital, Jakarta. It's supports about 28 million people along the way and carries a stew of waste in sewage down river.>>
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> It should be about educating people and teaching them not to throw garbage into the water. If we don't do that, this is just a waste of money. In 2013, lead levels found in the Citarum were more than a thousand times the US standards in drinking water despite an environmental protection law that's in place, Green group say authorities are failing to enforce it.
00:00:20
>> The water looks like it's been mixed with garbage, sometimes it's red and smells like ointment.>> The dirty water is becoming an enormous health concern for locals. It's linked to issues like skin allergies among children. Some of the worse polluters? Dozen of textile factories along the river that have been dumping chemical waste into the water.
00:00:38
But Indonesia's President, Joko Widodo has an ambitious plan to make the water here drinkable by 2025.>>
00:00:58
But activists say there's simply not enough manpower and that just cleaning the waste won't make a difference.>>
00:01:25
One activist estimates 1,500 industries dumped chemical waste into the water each day and says even with evidence, it's tough to see any change.