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When the Taps Run Dry

35,000 Bali Residents Temporarily Lose Public Water Supply Due to Bad Weather and Land Slides

(3/14/2012) The heavy rains in Bali of Tuesday, March 13, 2012, are cited as the cause of flooding, landslides, road closures and the death of 6 people in Kintamani. Officials at the PDAM – the public water board for Bali, are also blaming the storm for a lack of clean tap water affecting some 35,000 residents of Bali’s capital of Denpasar.

Detik.com quotes the head of production for PDAM in Denpasar, I Made Tarka, saying, “The reason PDAM could not operate yesterday (March 13) was that reservoirs rose above the normal standards for murkiness (particulate matter) due to landslides that ocurred in Kintamani.”

Thoselandslides, he explained, increased the murkiness of the Ayung River which flows from Kintamani to Denpasar. Tarka declared that the Ayung River is the supply of source waters processed by PDAM Denpasar for delivery to the city’s residents.

“Because we could not operate, we could only serve 50% of our 70,000 customers in Denpasar,” Tarka explained.

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