Gurdani Yogisutanti, Nur Intan Hayati


Background: Water pollution is caused by industrial waste that is not treated well. Fish that live in it will be polluted by heavy metals contents that are harmful to human health. Lack of public awareness will aggravate those condition. Objectives: The objectives of the study were to determine the levels of pollutant contents (Cu, Pb, Cd, Cr, and Hg) in pond water and rivers in the Citarum River Basin. Methods: Heavy metal level examination is done by Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS) method to find out pollutant content in pond water and river water. The pool water samples were taken from several points in the Ciganitri area while the river water samples were taken in the Cikapundung area. Results: Contents of contaminants in river water as follows: Cu (0.0237±0.0014) mg/L, Pb (0.0038±0.0032) mg/L, Cd (0.00013±5,7x10-5) mg/L, Cr (0.0042±0.0004) mg/L, and Hg (0.0012±0.0011) mg/L, while the contaminant contents in pond water are: Cu (0.030267±0.0112) mg/L, Pb (0.0025±0.0025) mg/L, Cd (3.3x10-5±5.7x10-5) mg/L, Cr (0.0272±0.0344) mg/L, and Hg (0.0006±0.0008) mg/L. Cu pollutants in pond water and river has exceeded the threshold in the river water exceeding the standard grade water quality threshold, so has the level of Hg in river water. Levels of contaminants Cu and Cr in pond water is higher than river water, although both of them are under the threshold. Conclusions: Water from river and pond in Citarum watershed contain contaminants Cu, Pb, Cd, Cr, and Hg, but only Cu and Cr contents is exceeding the standard quality threshold. The metal content in the river can be derived from industrial waste disposal along the Citarum river basin. It is suggested to the relevant agencies to conduct counseling about the dangers of heavy metals on health, as well as for the community, especially the industry to be more concerned about the environmental conditions and not to dispose of waste into the river that can cause water and fish contamination in it


Citarum, Cu (Cuprum), Heavy metals, Hg (Mercury), Pb (Plumbum)

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