Community houses nearby the banks of Lake Sentani - Jubi / Yance Wenda

Garbage problem, local community cannot consume water from Lake Sentani

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Community houses nearby the banks of Lake Sentani – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Thousands of cubic meters of the city waste recently found throwing into Lake Sentani that contaminating the quality of lake water. People living nearby the banks of the lake consumed the water for drinking and other daily activities.

“Waste goes into the lake through the river streams from the surrounding areas. In the past, the quality of lake water was good. We used to consume the water directly for our drinking water and use it for cleaning and our daily activities as well. But, now we cannot,” a native of Lake Sentani Elvis Ibo told Jubi on Sunday (28/10/2018) in Sentani.

As a result, Ibo and other lake residents use a water pump machine to get water from the well. Therefore, he hopes that people in Sentani City will not throw their garbage straight into the rivers around Sentani City, because it’s currents will flow the trash into Lake Sentani. “We have trash bins everywhere, so people shouldn’t throw the garbage into the river,” said Ibo.

Separately, a visitor of Kalkhote pier Olance said Lake Sentani changes a lot. “In the past, we only found the moss, water hyacinth and plants on the water surface, but now there are many colourful things on this water,” he said.

So, he hopes that people living in Sentani City and surrounds can maintain the city cleanliness and increase their awareness of disposal waste management.

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“Don’t throw the garbage in the river, because it streams into the lake. The impact is if people surround the lake uses the water for bathing, it’s harmful to their skin.,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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