Why urgent access to clean water is so important in Bali during the pandemic

We all have heard that Bali is a paradise with a very spiritual feel, but beyond the stunning beaches and magical temples, Bali is challenged with immense problems of water contamination after a year of living with COVID-19.

The reality is Bali has a lack of freshwater but that's not the only problem. Bali is experiencing a falling water table, salt-water intrusion, decreasing river and lake water, and land subsidence. When you consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Bali, you can add economic problems. Let's explore this further by focusing on two important areas:

  1. Water and COVID-19
  2. Tourism and economic problems 

Water and COVID-19

Bali Advertiser and Annals of Tourism Research shows the lockdowns affected water distribution from outside the island and now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Bali so they can prepare and protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases. 

 

Tourism and economic problems 

Tourism is the main source of income in Bali. In 2019, tourist arrivals brought in 6.2 million dollars while in 2020 just brought in 1 million and more than 90,000 people employed in tourism lost their jobs. 

We should remember that for people on the island it is really important to have access to clean water because it is basic for growing food and surviving.

We invite you to be a part of the solution and join us to make a difference in the lives of our neighbours in Bali. Support Corethics to deliver: education, innovation and tailored environmental and social solutions.

 

Dalila Chagoya

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