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Bali Power Blackouts will Affect Water Supply

Bali PAM Officials Warns Periodic Blackouts May Make Island's Water Taps Run Dry.

(10/21/2009) Kompas.com reports that current electrical shortages affecting Bali will also impact on the distribution of clean water by Bali's Water Board (PAM).

Bali's director of PAM, Ir. Putu Gde Mahaputra, confirmed this message on Saturday, October 17, 2009, saying that the distribution of piped water is dependent on a consistent electrical supply. "So with plans to have rotating blackouts beginning in October, clearly this will disturb the distribution of clean water," he explained.

While clarifying that the operational department of PAM have stand by generators, he admitted that the power generated is not sufficient to permit optimal water distribution. Moreover, there are several water wells where the water pumps are not equipped with generator sets, including the wells located at Jalan Kebo Iwa and Panjer.

"Because of this," he continued, "when the PLN (State Power Board) intorduces black outs in a rotating manner, this is certain to disrupt the distribution of clean water to customers."

Mahaputra is recommending that clients of PAM take the precaution of having stand-by water reserves sufficient to see them through the planned blackouts.

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