Oneday Head of the Pollution Control

Putri Yadnyawati is head of the Pollution Control Division at the Department of Environment in Denpasar. The 37-year-old mother of six children shared her day with The Bali Times.

“Most of the cases I receive involve printing factories.”

In the morning at 5 I wake up and meditate for a while on the balcony before I grab a broom to clean up the place.

Around 5:30am I prepare meals for the family. Our housemaid, Iluh, helps me. I usually finish at 6am and then get my children ready for school. I bathe my 4-year-old daughter and my one-and-a-half-year baby girl before I get myself ready for work.

My husband, a surgeon, normally goes to work early to operate. So I usually take the kids to school along my way to my workplace in Denpasar. At 7am, I arrive at work as my colleagues are arriving as well.

At work, my job is to handle water and air pollution. I handle many cases in regards to complaints on safety in the environment throughout Denpasar. I have a team of surveyors who go out and check on water toxic levels in rivers and water systems in Denpasar areas every month.

Most of the cases I receive involve printing factories. Many of the factories dump their toxic chemicals into the river. When we have a case, my team and I go and investigate the claim. We find evidence based on the reports we’ve received.

If the issue is pollution in water irrigation systems for ricefields, we have to alert the Department of Agriculture, the head villager and other local officials in the area.

If the issue concerns the tourism sector, for instance hotels or restaurants, in regards to waste disposal in rivers or oceans, then we involve the Department of Tourism in that area.

Regarding human waste, dumping or hazardous materials, we have to involve the Department of Healthcare.

After alerting the proper authorities, we issue a letter of appeal for the defendant or accused of contaminating the environment to come forward and explain their defense against our evidence.

We give a maximum of two full months for them to state how they will tackle or fix the current problem.

Our next step is to monitor every single action they take in cleaning up and restoring the environment to normal healthy conditions per standards.

This part takes the longest time, since it concerns taking samples, evaluating them, analyzing their progress and issuing grade reports based on their progress and how much they have achieved according to environmental safety standard parameters.

Whenever an unsatisfactory grad is given during the process, an additional letter will be forwarded to the party, instructing them on how to clear up or complete the job correctly.

All of these processes are done through constant meetings.

Eventually, everything returns to order.

I leave work at 4pm. On my way home, I pick up my third daughter, who has extracurricular activities after school. If I’m not available, I usually ask her older sister to pick her up. My first and second daughters are all grown up now so they can manage themselves.

Sometimes I go to the grocery store to buy some food for the family. After arriving home, I prepare the meal for the baby. When she misses me, she needs me to carry her around so I don’t really have much time to relax.

The maid cleans the house and looks after the baby and my fifth daughter, but when I am home after work, my younger children want to be with me all the time.

Whenever they cry, it always makes me frustrated. But I have fun thinking of new ways to teach them how to read and write.

I also help my other children when they are having exams.

When I get overwhelmed, I hire a tutor who comes by and teaches my older daughters addition lessons, such as advanced maths and English.

I often find myself exhausted but my children are my inspiration in life. So is my husband.

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