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Our Cup Runneth Over

Flooding Around Baliís Lake Batur Prompts Suggestions to Send Excess Water to Drier Regions of the Island.

(3/24/2014) The water level at Bali’ volcanic Lake Batur has risen dramatically over the past two month, flooding lakeside homes and gardens of people in the traditional Bali Aga community of Trunyan.

In order to address what has become a reoccurring problem, the government is being asked to make infrastructure alterations that would create an underground channel to carry the excess water to other regencies badly in need of fresh water. reports that on Friday, March 31, 2014, the high waters surrounded tens of homes in the village of Trunyan. High water had also flooded agricultural fields and cut off the sole road leading to the community.
One member of the Trunyan Village, Nyoman Sulam, said that flooding over the past two months had compelled 25 families to seek refuge on higher grounds.

“The Depth of water surrounding the homes is 50 centimeters of more. The people living in these home have evacuated to relative’s or friend’s homes in higher locations,” Sulam explained.

Nyoman Sulam blamed the rising water level on the lake on heavy rainfall, a situation that local folklore relates occured several times in the past. The
Sulam said that the water level in Lake Batur would subside naturally with the arrival of the coming dry season.

A Bali-based infrastructure expert, AA Putu Ngurah Wirawan, said that the government needs to take anticipative steps to prevent future flooding by building an underground water channel.

“It already the time for the Government to think of a way so the excess amount of water in Lake Batur can be enjoyed by other regencies in Bali experiencing a water deficit. The blessing of lake water can be channeled through underground channels or flood gates to the regency of Karangasem where water is badly needed,” said Wirawan.

Wirawan said the technology to make the needed water channels was not complicated and could be accomplished through cooperation of the government and the local community.