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Denpasar Public Drinking Fountains Shut Down, After 13-year-old Dies From Electrocution

Following the death of 13-year-old Rendi Rizaldi who was electrocuted while taking a drink from a public water fountain in downtown Denpasar, the State Water Board (PDAM) has turned off seven water fountains in various locations around Bali’s capital, as quoted from Bali Discovery.

The situation after Rendi Rizaldi was electrocuted while taking a drink from a public water fountain. Picture source: Tribun Bali

NusaBali says the CEO of PDAM, IB Gede Arsana, who took the action of closing the drinking fountains in order to quell the concerns of the public following the tragic death of the junior high school student on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

The seven fountains have been in operation for the past seven years without incident prior to the electrocution.

The fountains were operating in public parks as a facility for the public jogging and exercising in the area.

“We are devastated by this incident,” said Arsana. “In fact, the water fountain on the south side of the Puputan Field had just undergone routine maintenance at 10:55 am on the same morning as the accident that happened later in the afternoon when Rendi was electrocuted.

Arsana said all the fountains were turned off immediately after the boy’s death while PDAM officials await the results of laboratory tests and police reports.

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