Breath: July pollution increase 12 times WHO limit, South Tangerang highest

TIME.CO, Jakartabreatha technology-based air quality monitoring company, released an air quality report for July 2023 that saw an increase pollution. The 68-page report released on August 10, 2023 revealed a peak in pollution in July that was 12 times the World Health Organization limit (WHO).

Piotr Jakubowski, co-founder and CGO of Breath, said that air pollution increased again in July and was higher than the previous month. “Given the poor air quality, it is estimated that the number of adults and children hospitalized will also increase,” he said.

The NASA data comes from low-cost sensors distributed over more than 180 location points and represents an area coverage of 1-2 kilometers from the installed sensor location. Air quality data received in real time and accessible from the Breath application.

The sensor takes measurements based on PM2.5 particles measuring 2.5 micrometres and according to WHO standards. Measurements are in µg/m3. PM2.5 are solid air polluting particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometres or 36 times smaller than the diameter of a grain of sand.

Ranking of cities based on highest PM2.5 pollution in July 2023. (Breath)

Based on the highest PM 2.5 pollution level in July 2023, the location of the city with the highest pollution is South Tangerang with a pollution level of 60 µg/m3 and it is the only city in the unhealthy category.

Followed by Bekasi (55 µg/m3), Bogor (53 µg/m3), Tangerang (52 µg/m3), Depok (51 µg/m3), DKI Jakarta (47 µg/m3), Bandung Raya (44 µg/m3 ) , Semarang (40µg/m3), Surabaya (38µg/m3), Yogyakarta (31µg/m3), Malang (30µg/m3), Kep. Seribu (20 µg/m3), Bali (15 µg/m3) and Belitung (14 µg/m3). Meanwhile, the WHO guidelines at 5 µg/m3.

Pollution in South Tangerang

Nafas explained that for three consecutive months, South Tangerang was the most polluted city in its sensor network. Compared to June, the average PM 2.5 went from 56 µg/m3 to 60 µg/m3. Also, the pollution level is 28% worse than DKI Jakarta. The five worst locations were Serpong (80 µg/m3), Babakan (70 µg/m3), Pamulang (65 µg/m3), Ciater (64 µg/m3) and Lengkong Gudang Timur (63 µg/m3).

Pollution in Bekasi

In general, the air quality in Bekasi is 17% worse than in DKI Jakarta. Below is the order of the five polluted locations: Tarumajaya (79 µg/m3), South Tambun (63 µg/m3), Mekarsari (61 µg/m3), Jatiwaringin (58 µg/m3) and South Cikarang (52 µg/m3 ) m3)

Pollution in Bogor


Bogor, which is often referred to as a healthier and cooler-than-air location than Jakarta, does not appear to match these data. In July 2023 the pollution level was 14% worse than DKI Jakarta. The top five polluted locations are listed below: Parung Panjang (70 µg/m3), Mount Sindur (67 µg/m3), Cipenjo (64 µg/m3), Ciangsana (61 µg/m3) and West Bogor (52 µg/m3). m3 ).

Pollution in Tangerang

This is the fourth most polluted with an average of 12% worse than DKI Jakarta. Panunggang Utara has the highest pollution, which is 67 µg/m3 or 13 times higher than WHO guidelines. Followed by Lengkong Kulon (57 µg/m3), Cipadu (55 µg/m3), Sampora (52 µg/m3) and Cipondoh (51 µg/m3).

Pollution at Depok

Throughout the month of July, only Cipayung has good air quality. Overall pollution levels are 9% worse than DKI Jakarta. The top five polluted locations: Bedahan (68 µg/m3), Grogol (64 µg/m3), Tanah Baru (59 µg/m3), Cinere (51 µg/m3) and Mekarsari Depok (45 µg/m3).

Pollution in East Jakarta

East Jakarta is once again the only municipality with air quality 15% worse than the average of DKI Jakarta. The five worst locations were: Cipayung (67 µg/m3), Cibubur (65 µg/m3), Cakung (57 µg/m3), Condet (56 µg/m3) and Jatinegara (55 µg/m3).

Pollution in West Jakarta

According to data from Breath, West Jakarta has the same level of pollution as average PM 2.5 as DKI Jakarta. The main focus is Semanan, Kembangan and Palmerah whose average air quality last July was in the unhealthy category. These are the five polluted locations: Semanan (65 µg/m3), Kembangan Selatan (63 µg/m3), Palmerah (56 µg/m3), Pegadungan (52 µg/m3) and Duri Kepa (50 µg/m3)

How’s the rest of Jakarta doing? Be glad to have better pollution data than average pollution in DKI Jakarta. In order, South Jakarta (3 percent up), Central Jakarta and North Jakarta are both 4 percent better than the DKI Jakarta average.

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