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We’ll Drink to That!

Bali Seeking Investors for US$145 Million in Water Projects

(4/1/2012) The government of Bali via the Bali Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM-Bali) is offering a number of fresh water supply infrastructure projects in four regencies/cities in Bali worth an estimated value of Rp. 1.305 trillion (US$145 million).

As reported by Bisnis.com, the four investment packages are located in Metaum, Tabanan; the Unda River in Klungkung; Waribang in Denpasar; and the Ayung Dam in Badung. The four fresh water supply projects are part of a “Sarbargitaku’ coordinated plan to provide clean water for south Bali.

The chief of BKPM-Bali, Ida Bagus Parwata, said the overall project now on offer will guarantee both the quality and quantity of fresh water for Bali in a development process spread over three phases. Speaking on April 1, 2012, Parwata said the project would provide water treatment plants and a water distribution system for eventual delivery to the public by the water board (PDAM).

Broken down into it component parts, the first phase is scheduled for completion in 2013 would provide a Western System providing water to the city of Denpasar and Badung. After that, work will continue on the development of an Eastern System serving two metropolitan areas and growth area in the regency of Gianyar. The first phase is targeted to provide a 600-liters per second supply of fresh water with each system generating 300-liters per second.

The second phase, Parwata explained, will begin with a system on the Unda River with a capacity of 1,000-liters per second to supply Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Klungkung.

A third phase will focus on a middle areas designed to provide 3x600-liters per second capability respectively for the southern section of Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan.

At the present time, only the development of the Unda River system in Klungkung has reached the stage of a completed feasibility study. The remaining parts of the overall plan are still in a preliminary proposal stage.
The feasibility for the Unda River fresh water project has been performed by K Water – a South Korean company who has indicated a willingness to finance the project.

Meanwhile, the head of the Customer Service Division of PDAM-Bali in Denpasar, Ida Bagus Ngurah Wardana, says the demand for water in Bali is at an all time high. Based on a Japanese study and the master plan for Sarbagitaku, the demands for water from south Bali represents 76% of the total consumption of fresh water in Bali.