Metal Concentrations of River Water and Sediments in West Java, Indonesia

  • Masaomi Yasuda
  • Yustiawati
  • M. Suhaemi Syawal
  • Md. Tajuddin Sikder
  • Toshiyuki Hosokawa
  • Takeshi Saito
  • Shunitz Tanaka
  • Masaaki Kurasaki
Article

Abstract

To determine the water environment and pollutants in West Java, the contents of metals and general water quality of the Ciliwung River in the Jakarta area were measured. High Escherichia coli number (116–149/mL) was detected downstream in the Ciliwung River. In addition to evaluate mercury pollution caused by gold mining, mercury contents of water and sediment samples from the Cikaniki River, and from paddy samples were determined. The water was not badly polluted. However, toxic metals such as mercury were detected at levels close to the baseline environmental standard of Indonesia (0.83–1.07 μg/g of sediments in the Cikaniki River). From analyses of the paddy samples (0.08 μg/g), it is considered that there is a health risk caused by mercury.

Keywords

Mercury contamination Paddy Water quality West Java 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masaomi Yasuda
    • 1
  • Yustiawati
    • 1
  • M. Suhaemi Syawal
    • 2
  • Md. Tajuddin Sikder
    • 1
  • Toshiyuki Hosokawa
    • 3
  • Takeshi Saito
    • 4
  • Shunitz Tanaka
    • 1
    • 5
  • Masaaki Kurasaki
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Environmental Adaptation Science, Division of Environmental Science Development, Graduate School of Environmental ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.RC for Limnology, Indonesian Institute for SciencesCibinongIndonesia
  3. 3.Higher Education Research and Development Division, Institute for the Advancement of Higher EducationHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  4. 4.Laboratory of Environmental Health Sciences, Faculty of Health SciencesHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  5. 5.Group of Environmental Adaptation Science, Faculty of Environmental Earth ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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