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Shortage of Water Supply in South Bali

Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika has called on the management of the Public Water Board (PDAM) in Denpasar and the Badung Regency to quickly overcome a severe shortage of piped water in South Bali since 3 months ago.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Pastika blamed the water crisis on the lack of water supply from PDAM. Meanwhile, an exceptionally dry “dry season” is currently being experienced in Bali, most felt in the southern portions of the Island heavily populated with hotels and private residences.

Due to a protracted and drier-than-normal dry season, South Bali is suffering a severe shortage of water. In some parts of South Bali local residents are compelled to purchase fresh water from roving trucks to meet their daily household water needs.

Water supplies to hotels in South Bali, however, remain largely unaffected and no water rationing programs are in operation at this time.

A South Kuta resident, Agus Astapa, told Bali Post that the water crisis has become acute over the past month. He calls on the government to evaluate the building permits given to new hotels and residential complexes. He contends that the rate of housing and hotel development is outstripping limited water supplies in Bali.

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