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Bali warned of clean water crisis

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, November 20 2009   /  12:47 pm

Rapid population growth combined with uncontrolled development in Bali is likely to lead to a serious water crisis on the resort island, officials and experts have warned. I Gede Suardjana, head of the Bali environmental agency's technical laboratory, lamented that Bali was facing a potable and clean water crisis as resources were drying up. Seawater entering ground wells has also worsened the condition, he added. "Salty water that enters the wells is unhealthy and undrinkable," Suarjana said. The island's serious water shortage is indicated by falling water levels in 162 out of 401 rivers in Bali. Four major volcanic lakes including Batur in Bangli regency, and Buyan, Beratan and Tamblingan in Tabanan regency, are experiencing serious sedimentation problems. "Sedimentation in Lake Buyan has reached 100 tons per year due to the dumping of chemical fertilizers exploite...