Kuta’s Waterbom Park Faces Supply Threat

Popular tourist spot Waterbom in Kuta may have its access to groundwater turned off by the government if it does reduce use to its permitted upper limit.

The park denies overuse of water and also that local residents have complained about additional salinity in their own water supply as a result of Waterbom’s use.

But Bali’s zoning authority, Dinas Cipta Karya (DCK), says that if salinity problems persist, it will shut off water supplies to Waterbom, which has a number of pools containing 1.5 million cubic metres of water, most of which is recycled by the park’s own purification system.

Waterbom’s entitlement to ground water is 2,592 cubic metres a month. DCK says it has exceeded that amount by almost double. The park’s management denies this.

Waterbom’s chief financial officer, Nyoman Suteja, says the park uses 100-125 cubic metres of ground water a day.

Access to ground water is strictly controlled. Special permits are required to dig wells. Only 255 ground water permits have been issued in Kuta.

Recent salinity tests have shown markedly different results. Waterbom has been told to reduce its usage and to change the laboratory at which its tests are conducted.

Salinity in the ground water is an annual problem in much of Bali, with levels rising during the dry season.

The Badung regency environmental agency says ground water reserves have been overused in the area because of development.

Waterbom says the absence of reticulated government water supplies means there are many illegal wells siphoning off natural reserves.

The park’s general manager, Maman Lingga, told The Bali Times that it had complied with the zoning authority.

“Dinas Cipta Karya conducted an inspection of our park last Tuesday, 23rd June, and gave (a) recommendation for us to reduce … water consumption at the park and conduct another water test. We have carried out the instruction and are now waiting for further confirmation from them,” Lingga said.

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