To speed up the cleaning process of water hyacinth in Pluit Reservoir, North Jakarta Mayor, Heru Budi Hartono, proposed City Cleanliness Department to buy three units of the weed plant crusher, which is estimated worth Rp 2 billion each. Although it is not cheap, the ability of the machine is qualified which only takes 20 minutes to lift six tons of water hyacinths from rivers and reservoirs.
"The Pluit Reservoir has an area of 80 acres that requires a minimum of three hyacinth crusher tools. It is supposed to be that huge reservoirs which is filled with water hyacinths not use small tools "
" The Pluit Reservoir has an area of 80 acres that requires a minimum of three hyacinth crusher tools. It is supposed to be that huge reservoirs which is filled with water hyacinths not use small tools . Later, we will discuss with Bappeda with and Mr. Vice Governor to buy three tools again, " Heru Budi Hartono said after leading the launching of Jakarta 487 in Pluit Reservoir, Pluit Urban Village, Penjaringan, North Jakarta, Sunday (6/1).
The crusher machines, which are planned to be shipped next year, will be placed in Pluit Reservoir for 24 hours. Hopefully, the machines can be used to the maximum and the water hyacinth cleaning in Pluit Reservoir can also be done every day, so the reservoir is always clean.
Not only that, to operate that machine, Jakarta Cleanliness Department and North Jakarta Cleanliness Sub-Department only need to prepare three personnel for every machine. One person on duty to operate, two more officers to help sort out the garbage strewn on the surface of the reservoir.
According to Hartono, the three small machines that have been using to lift water hyacinths, are planned to be placed in Sentiong, Tirem, and Cilincing River since the growth of water hyacinth cannot be controlled. As a result, when it rains the water in the reservoir overflows and floods residential settlements. "Several times in the region (North Jakarta) also requires water hyacinth lifting machines," said Hartono.
As it is known, the Pluit Reservoir area of 80 hectares is re-filled with water hyacinths. Nearly half of the reservoir surface is covered by those water plants. The growth of water hyacinth is obviously disturbing sights. For that, Jakarta Cleanliness Department since Sunday (5/25), exerted a special machine to clean it assisted by nine janitors.
Deputy Head of Jakarta Cleanliness Department, Isnawa Adji, estimated that the cleaning of water hyacinth in Pluit Reservoir could be completed within two weeks. According to him, to clean up the weeds, it needs support from one of the state-owned company in the form of lifting and crucher machines.
Adji expected, with the operation of the lifting and crusher machines will speed up the cleaning process.
"With the current working conditions, the possibility of at least two weeks it can already be clean," said the former Head of Tambora Sub-District.