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Lake Batur ‘should be saved from chemical

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 10 2011   /  08:44 am

The Bali administration has established a special team to save highly polluted Lake Batur, according to a government official.

Anak Agung Gde Alit Sastrawan, head of the Bali Environmental Agency, said on Friday that concrete action should be taken immediately before the lake’s condition worsened, considering that the lake was a main source of groundwater for the island.

“We have found sodium and phosphates in the lake’s water at an alarming level, in excess of the BOD [biological oxygen demand] level. Thus the lake’s water is not fit for human consumption,” he said after a meeting to decide on action to save the lake.

The high level of the chemicals was attributed to the economic activities of local people around the lake, who use chemical fertilizers for their farmland and feed their fish with food containing chemical substances.

The high amount of...