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How Dry We Are

Water Shortage at Pecatu and Uluwatu Bali a Long-Standing Problem with No End in Sight

(11/2/2012) Bali’s southernmost Ungasan peninsula, particularly in the districts surrounding  Pecatu, is in the midst of an acute water crisis that has lasted for a number of months.

As reported by DenPost, local residents at Pencatu and surrounding areas depict the water shortage as an “old problem in urgent need of a solution.”

Pecatu village leader, I Made Sumarta, confirmed his villagers complaint and the long-standing status of his area’s water crisis.

Sumarta is hoping that the regency of Badung’s administration will take definitive steps to solve the lack of water by investing heavily in the water supply infrastructure.

Faced with little or no water, many residents, businesses and hotels near Pecatu are forced to purchase water supplies via tank trucks bringing fresh water into their region.

The Uluwatu temple – one of Bali’s most popular tourist destinations, needs 15 tanks of fresh water each month. Similarly, citizens living around the temple are also compelled to purchase water from outside sources.

The cost of a single tank truck of fresh water costs Rp. 150,000 – Rp. 250,000 (US$15-26).

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