AIR TERJUN SALUOPA


AIR TERJUN SALUOPA
Poso – Air terjun Saluopa di Kabupaten Poso, Provinsi Sulawesi Tengah dapat dikatakan tempat wisata yang paling dikenal oleh wisatawan mancanegara dan wisatawan lokal dengan keindahan alamnya. Air terjun Saluopa bersumber dari mata air yang mengalir dari puncak gunung dengan ketinggian 25 meter. Air terjun ini melewati batuan gunung sebanyak 12 tingkatan yang mengalir deras mengalir hingga ke tingkat paling bawah yang berakhir di sungai kecil Desa Leboni.

Air terjun Saluopa terletak di Desa Leboni, Kecamatan Pamona Pusalemba, Kabupaten Poso atau sekitar 14 kilometer dari Kota Tentena. Air terjun ini juga memiliki tempat permandian yang berada di tingkat 11.

Pemkab Poso menugaskan Wiliam Tabasi dan Budi Rutana untuk menjaga kebersihan di Air Terjun Saluopa ini. Menurut catatan petugas jaga, jumlah pengunjung saat hari libur mencapai 200 orang lebih. Namun pengunjung terbanyak saat perayaan Tahun Baru yang mencapai 400 pengunjung. Bertambahnya pengunjung sudah tentu menambah pemasukan bagi Pemkab Poso yang menetapkan tiket masuk Rp 1.000 per orang. “Kalau hari biasa kurang pengunjung, namun kalau hari libur seperti Minggu mencapai 200 orang. Paling banyak itu saat libur Tahun Baru mencapai 400 orang,” kata Wiliam.

Menurut beberapa pengunjung, air terjun Saluopa merupakan air terjun yang terbaik di Indonesia. Namun sayangnya, air yang dahulu mengalir deras menutupi bebatuan di setiap tingkatan tersebut, kini debit airnya mulai berkurang.

Hal tersebut diakui oleh salah seorang pengunjung asal Kota Bogor, Jawa Barat yang telah beberapa kali mengunjungi Saluopa. Dia menyayangkan air terjun tersebut telah mengalami perubahan debit air yang mulai mengurang.

“Saya telah mengunjungi semua air terjun di Indonesia. Menurut saya yang bagus hanya Saluopa. Namun sayangnya debit air sudah mulai berkurang. Kalau dulu saya ke Saluopa, airnya itu deras hingga tertumpah sampai di anak tangga yang menuju ke tingkat 12, tapi sekarang sudah tidak lagi,” paparnya.

Pengakuan tersebut juga diutarakan wisman asal Prancis, Rathrie dan Kisin. Mereka mengakui keindahan Saluopa merupakan air terjun yang paling baik dibanding air terjun yang ada di Indonesia. “Air terjun ini yang paling baik, namun sayang masih banyak sampah yang harus dibersihkan,” katanya.

Ketika di tanya dari mana mendapat informasi adanya Air Terjun Saluopa, mereka menjawab dari buku wisata.

Wiliam Tabasi mengakui debit air terjun Saluopa itu mulai berkurang disinyalir akibat adanya perkebunan warga di puncak air itu. “Sudah hampir dua tahun ini airnya mulai berkurang, soalnya banyak kebun warga di atas itu. Dahulu, warga yang berkebun itu, pernah dipanggil oleh aparat desa, dengan melarang penambahan luas kebun,” ungkapnya.

Wiliam juga mengungkapkan, pengawasan di Saluopa perlu adanya pegawasan oleh instansi terkait. “Harus ada pengawasan dari Dinas Pariwisata dan Kehutanan untuk pengawasan yang lebih terkait adanya penebangan hutan,” katanya.

Kepada Pemerintah Kabupaten Poso dalam hal ini Dinas Pariwisata, Wiliam dan Budi berharap agar segera diangkat sebagai Pegawai Negeri Sipil (PNS). “Tugas kami di sini bukan hanya menjaga kebersihan, namun juga bertanggung jawab penuh untuk keamanan. Untuk membersihkan jalan dan sampah itu kami lakukan setiap hari Sabtu, sementara gaji kami hanya Rp 200 ribu yang diterima per tri wulan,” papar Wiliam yang telah bertugas selama 4 tahun di Air Terjun Saluopa ini. (Feri Timparosa)

Sumber : kompas.com

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