Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bali Beach Warning as Bacterial Bloom Poses Danger to Swimmers - 6th Mar 2011

Denpasar. Authorities in Bali have advised against swimming off Kuta Beach, one of the resort island’s most popular tourist sites, due to a reported bacterial bloom in the water.

The government-run Ngurah Rai Fish Quarantine Laboratory announced on Thursday that the bloom caused a drastic drop in the pH level of the water, making it more acidic and killing off large amounts of plankton.

Laboratory head Putu Eka Sudaryatma said the sudden die-off of micro-organisms had colored the water a turgid brown.

“Under normal conditions a pH test of the water should have yielded a 7, which means it’s neutral,” he said. “But when we tested a sample taken on Tuesday night, it had a pH of 4. Plankton can’t thrive in water with acidity levels that high.” Read More