Denpasar, south Bali to face water shortages
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 08/20/2011 9:26 AM
A scientist says Denpasar and parts of south Bali will suffer from clean water shortages in 2015.
"Aggressive" clean water use would exacerbate the shortages, which might top 2,500 liters a second by 2015, according to a 2009 Japan International Cooperation Agency study, KG Dharma Putra, the director of the Sustainable Development Studies Center at Udayana University, said on Saturday in Denpasar.
There were signs that Bali's southern areas were currently suffering water shortages, he said.
“Hotels in the area have been using underground water because of the limited supply from [local tap water utility] PDAM. So do about 10,000 new homes there, which also suffer from water shortages,” Dharma said as quoted by Antara.
“Latest observations on the condition of underground water in Sanur, Kuta, Benoa and Nusa Dua coasts show that the water already tastes salty. It indicates the intrusion of sea water,” he added.
Dharma called on the local administration act quickly.