Clean drinking water, how special is this? The fact that we in the Netherlands have clean drinking water is something we do not think about everyday. We just turn on the tap, flush the toilet, turn on the garden sprinkler and we have unlimited access to water. The costs for this are also extremely low and with a direct debit you don’t have to worry about water for a single moment.
This is a completely different story in Indonesia and therefore also in Bali. Residents do not have access to clean drinking water as a matter of course. In Bali, in areas where there is no natural clean water, rainwater is boiled or ‘gallons’ (water tanks) are purchased. Balinese people living in poverty do not have sufficient financial means to buy gas or gallons. This means that for drinking water they depend on the available rainwater and the water in streams and rivers. This water is dirty, which means there is a high risk of all kinds of diseases.