The loss of freshwater reserves in Bali is rapidly reaching crisis levels. Beyond just trying to increase awareness of the issues, this project pushes into the role both government and business play in improving sustainability.

It’s no secret that Bali has some pretty serious environmental issues, many of which are obvious to anyone who spends more than a few hours on the island. Rubbish is rampant, the Suwung landfill is nearly maxed out and rice paddies are vanishing to make way for new development projects. Not unrelated is the rapid disappearance of fresh water, which poses the biggest threat to the island, yet is arguably the least understood environmental issue.

According to research by IDEP Foundation, the water table in Bali has dropped over 50 metres in less than 10 years. Lake Buyan, Bali’s second largest natural freshwater reserve, has dropped five meters since 2012. And what freshwater Bali does have left is being heavily polluted and degraded by saltwater intrusion. Now more than ever, Bali needs people to wake up and make some serious changes.

Highlighting the efforts of Waterbom Bali to implement quantitative reductions in resource use and waste, Balancing The Waters goes gives evidence of how improved sustainability can also drive business profitability.

Thanks to our friends at The Yak for the great article here.