Rising Sea Level Contaminates Groundwater In Jakarta

A short interview with a local resident and life in Maura Baru, North Jakarta.

Rising sea water due to climate change is threatening the coastal towns of Jakarta, impacting on the quality of groundwater which people depend on for their daily lives, and increasing the sanitation and hygiene risk of the residents. This threat is in addition to the existing rubbish pollution problem in Jakarta waters.

Inah, age 52, local resident at Cilincing, North Jakarta, said everyone uses groundwater from wells for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing.

“I have lived here all my life.  With the rise of sea water, I have seen changes to the residential layout.  I also noticed a bad smell from the water in the wells.  Now, we don’t drink water from the wells but buy from fresh water sellers,” said Inah.

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