by Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Believe it or not, 35 million people are still relying on this river for drinking and washing. The river in question? The Citarum in Java, Indonesia. It’s now thought to be the dirtiest river in the world, with reports claiming that household waste, toxic chemicals and even dead animals are among the things you’ll find floating around. ‘Locals say textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night and some nearby village wells contain four times the recommended safe levels of mercury’.

Via The Daily Mail