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Bali Hotels Asked to Begin Desalinating Seawater

Governor Pastika Says Large Bali Hotels Must Desalinate Seawater to Preserve Diminishing Ground Water Supplies.

(10/3/2009) Bali's Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, is calling on Bali hotels to begin converting salt water into fresh water as a means of alleviating the growing water crisis on the island.

As reported by beritabali.com, the governor said Bali must exploit new technologies as hotels need to begin desalinating water in order to avoid further depletion of precious ground water reserves. Pastika cautioned that ground water stocks are needed to preserve Bali's delicate eco-system.

Pastika said: "The proof is that other countries can do it. We must slowly have large seaside hotels (in Bali) allocate funds to convert sea water to fresh water."

As a means to discourage the rampant use of ground water reserves, the government of Bali recently increased dramatically the tax charged to residences and businesses sinking their own water wells.

Certain areas of Bali, such as Kuta and Sanur, are showing alarming levels of sea water intrusion into ground water supplies due to the over-exploitation of fresh water wells.

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