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Bali Facing a Water Shortage

Development Threatens Water Shortage in Coming Years.

(10/27/2003) Although Bali has managed to escape the severe water shortages being experienced in many other parts of Indonesia, experts predict that a shortage of water, especially in the southern regions of the island, await Bali within the next 10-20 years.

Speaking at a recent seminar on the role of local culture in local water management, Mr. Gde Rai Mandia, of the Badung Water Authority, has called for local and national regulations on water usage, setting priorities among agricultural, domestic and industrial consumers.

According to Mr. Mandia, south Bali's heavy dependence on the tourism industry and relatively higher standard of living enjoyed by the local population have both resulted in high standards of water consumption. Growing population numbers and an expanding business base are placing an added burden on water supplies.

The Badung Regency, home to the majority of the major hotel developments in Bali, has no endemic water supply, relying on water piped overland from other parts of the island.