Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · A Bitter Taste
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

++62 361 286 283

++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)

U.K. Fax:

Australian Fax:

++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

Bali News

A Bitter Taste

Tanjung Benoa Residents in South Bali Forced to Drink Brackish Water Due Poor Water Supply from Regency’s Water Board

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, PDAM, regency water board, PDAM-Bandung, PT Tirtartha Buanamulia, Daniel J. Fony, Wayan Lembar, Lurah, village chief, Tanjung Benoa, saltwater intrusion, protests
Click Image to Enlarge


A breakdown in the public water supply to the Tanjung Benoa peninsula, adjacent to the Nusa Dua Complex in South Bali, has left local residents and some hotels, restaurants and businesses in that area with uncertain fresh water supplies.

And, according to a report in NusaBali, it has left many people living on Tanjung Benoa, quite literally, with a bitter taste in their mouths. A fresh water crisis that has lingered on for almost an entire year has forced many to purchase tanks of fresh water shipped in on large trucks. Others, unable to incur the cost of shipping water to the businesses or residents, have resorted to tapping into wells. Part of a narrow peninsula surrounded by ocean water and the problem of seawater intrusion into the water table means the water sourced from local wells is brackish.

The village chief of Tanjung Benoa, I Wayan Kembar, admitted the problem, saying: “This is an old problem. I forget when it first started, what’s clear it started before I was elected village chief.”

Trying to serve his community, Kembar has repeatedly written to the Badung Water Board (PDAM-Badung) with copies to the regent of Badung. But, until now, his letters have yet to be dignified with a reply. “This year I have written twice to PDAM-Badung with copies to the Regent,” Kembar added.

Kembar told how when piped water first entered the Tanjung Benoa community in 2002, local citizens were well pleased with the improvement this represented in their daily lives. Later, however, the supply of PDAM water became intermittent, forcing many to tap into ground water supplies.

Kembar says the sea water that has seeped into local wells has made the water consumed by the people of Tanjung Benoa brackish, so much so that the saltiness of a cup of coffee made with water from these wells is noticeably bitter tasting.

According to Kembar, the anger of local citizens continues to mount as they continue to receive bills for PDAM service despite having to supplement the uncertain regency water with salty water drawn from wells. The village chief complained that it is becoming more and more difficult to keep the emotions of his fellow villagers in check, with protest demonstrations a reak possibility if the situation remains unresolved.

Those villagers able to afford the cost are purchasing tanks of water from local trucks must pay Rp. 150,000 (US$16) per load.

Contacted by NusaBali, Daniel J. Fony, manager of PT Tirtartha Buanamulia, the private sector partner of PDAM appointed to provide fresh water to Tanjung Benoa, acknowledged the complaints of the local residents. He blamed the problem on the deterioration of the piping supplying water to the community and the impact of growing demands for piped water.

Fony insists that only some of the residents of Tanjung Benoa are being affected by  poor water supply, saying there is a plan in hand to install new 500 millimeter piping through the area. Adding: “I ask everyone to be patient, the 500 millimeter piping will answer all these complaints.”

Foney said the installation of the new piping will commence in about two months time.

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Infrastructure First: Seaports and Airport
Transportation Minister Says Bali’s Airports, Seaports, and Passenger Terminals Must be Enhanced to Support Growing Passenger Numbers
Another Renovation for Bali’s Airport?
Minister of Transportation Wants Carrying Capacity of Bali’s Airport Increased to 35 Million Passengers per Year
Move Underway to Trump Chinese Tourists?
DPR-RI Vice Chairman Seeks Repeal of Wide-Ranging Visa Free Status for Indonesian Visitors
Departure, No Return
Garuda Accused of Incorrect Procedures in Death of Passenger Flying from Jakarta to Melbourne
Infrastructure First!
New Hotel Projects Set for Nusa Penida in Dire Need of Water and Electricity Support
Bali Welcomes 3 Millionth Visitor
Bali by the Numbers: BPS Says 43.3% More Foreign Visitors to Bali in August 2016, Passing the Year-to-Date Mark of 3 Million
In Need of a Designated Driver
European Couple Die in Motorcycle Mishap After a Night of Partying on Pererenan Beach in Bali
Bad Smells from the Kitchens?
Drainage Ditch at Bali Airport Filled with Foul-Smelling Pollutants Suspected to Come for Airline Catering Building
Cherishing the Children
St. Regis Resort Bali and Laguna Resort & Spa Raises More than $20,000 for UNICEF at Lavish Beachside Moonlight Dinner
It’s a Bali Holiday
Official National Holidays and Shared Holidays in Indonesia for 2017
Me and My Guitar
West Bali Police Send Home 18 Punkers on a Personal Sojourn in Bali
Passport to a Clean Bureaucracy
Indonesian Immigration Service Joins the Anti-Corruption Campaign
All [News]!