A famous tourist attraction in Karangasem called Tirta Gangga Water Palace has lost hundreds of their koi fish due to an incident that caused the fish pond to break down.
The tourist attraction that is known for its iconic fish pond that was filled with beautiful koi fish was destroyed by an increased water level due to the higher intensity rain that occurred recently in most of the Karangasem region. The management of Tirta Gangga, AA Made Kosalya confirmed that the water from the damaged fish pond carried all the fish to the river and nearby rice fields.
Kosalya explained that apart from higher rain intensity in Karangasem, he also suspected another factor which affected the density of the concrete. “We don’t want to accuse, but according to our investigation, the leak on the pipeline that was installed by the National Water Company (PDAM) next to our building could have potentially cause this incident, especially with their rusty pipeline.” Kosalya said. Kosalya also said that the management of Tirta Gangga has already conducted maintenance to repair their property in 2021 as prevention.
Despite the incident, the tourist attraction is still open for visitors. “We feel sorry to our visitors who used to take picture in there, thankfully we still have the other fish pond for them to enjoy.” Kosalya added. He also asked the nearby villagers to bring back the koi fish that they might find to Tirta Gangga in order to reduce their potential loss from the incident. “We have announced to the local community in this area to bring back the fish as they would receive $0.35 USD (IDR 5,000) per fish as reward.” Kosalya concluded.