There are predictions that 2015 will bring water shortages to a number of Indonesian regions. The Indonesian Department of Environment estimates the water deficit in Bali to be as much as 27.6 million cubic metres.
The most annoying thing about traveling on a HWCI Aid Trip to Indonesia was the reaction of friends and colleagues when I told them where I was going: “Oh, you’re going to Bali?” people would enthuse “Enjoy your nice holiday!” Despite my protestations that I was going there to work, many people found the idea that I was travelling to Bali to do anything other than laze on a beach and drink Bintang completely unbelievable.
Water is essential for human life, yet 1.2 billion people (one-fifth of the world) don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water1. Some 6,000 people die each day from water related diseases2. It is a crisis that is experienced by the poor and is holding back human development around the world.