Current assessment and future outlook in lieu of climate change and urbanization: A case study of Ciliwung River, Jakarta city, Indonesia

In Water
Volume (Issue): 9(6), 410
Peer-reviewed Article

Modeling insecurity under future climate change and socio-economic development is
indispensable for adaptive planning and sustainable management of water resources. This case study
strives to assess the water quality and quantity status for both the present and the near future in
the Ciliwung River basin inside the Jakarta Province under different scenarios using population
growth with planned additional wastewater management infrastructure by 2030 as mentioned in
the local master plan, and comparing the above conditions with the addition of the effects of climate
change. Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD) and nitrate (NO3),
the three important indicators of aquatic ecosystem health, were simulated to assess river pollution.
Simulation results suggest that water quality in year 2030 will further deteriorate compared to
the base year 2000 due to population growth and climate change, even considering the planned
wastewater management infrastructure. The magnitude of impact from population growth is far
greater than that from climate change. Simulated values of NO3, BOD and COD ranged from 6.07
to 13.34 mg/L, 7.65 to 11.41 mg/L, and 20.16 to 51.01 mg/L, respectively. Almost all of the water
quality parameters exceeded the safe limit suitable for a healthy aquatic system, especially for the
year 2030. The situation of water quality is worse for the downstream sampling location because of
the cumulative effect of transport of untreated pollutants coming from upstream, as well as local
dumping. This result will be useful for local policy makers and stakeholders involved in the water
sector to formulate strategic and adaptive policies and plan for the future. One of the potential policy
interventions is to implement a national integrated sewerage and septage management program on a
priority basis, considering various factors like population density and growth, and global changes for
both short- and long-term measures.