At a recent seminar held in Bali on the development and management of water resources it was concluded that unless water conservation becomes a top priority in Bali, the island would face a serious water crisis within 20 years.
The seminar, sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), presented the findings of a team of water experts from JICA, including:
• That by 2025, Bali's population will grow from its estimated 3.147 million people in 2000 to 4.139 million - an increase of 32%.
• Similarly, foreign tourist visitors arrival currently standing at 1.458 million can be expected to increase 153% to 3.690 million in 20 years time.
Pointing to the growing demand for water in all areas of Bali, a JICA expert, Masatomo Watanabe, called for the identification of new water resources and greater control on the over-exploitation of ground water in order to avoid the intrusion of salt water into the Island's fresh water supplies.
Mr. Watanabe estimates Bali entire water consumption now stands at 3,504 cubic meters per day - equivalent to 40.7 tons of water every second of every day.
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