Bali Water Protection (BWP)

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Bali Water Protection (BWP): Ensuring Freshwater Resilience For Bali

Gianyar, IndonesiaIndonesia
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$500,000 - $1 million
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Large Scale Partnerships
Trainings, Consultation
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

BALI – “The Islands of the Gods” is a paradise loved by people worldwide, and once abundant fresh water.Nowadays, Nowadays, Paradise is under threat. The immense development boom of the last 20+ years has resulted in a dramatic water crisis. But we have a solution!

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we could recharge dry aquifers and save Bali's freshwater?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Bali’s watersheds are drying at an alarming rate, mostly due to over-extraction. Yet, Bali is one of the few islands in the world blessed by heavy rainfall and theoretically receives enough water from the rainy season to fulfill its present and future needs. Additionally, water is wasted and increasingly polluted and both population awareness and kids educations are lacking, increasing the aquifer depletion and its pollution.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Aquifer Recharge – “Adopt A Well”: BWP will harvest rainwater by the construction of 136 recharge wells ensuring rapid freshwater replenishment on the main island of Bali, and also on the nearby sister islands. Education – “Adopt A River”: BWP will ensure that the water quality itself will improve thanks to a non-formal educational program targeting schools located alongside the rivers. Comic books will be the main medium Media campaign – “Adopt Water”: BWP will participate in raising general awareness about how precious water is, what the current situation is like, and how important it is to reduce the water consumption.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Case Study : Rainwater harvesting can recharge the declining groundwater levels in cities. Data from 11 rainwater-harvesting projects spread across Delhi and Gurgaon (Haryana) shows an increase of 5 to10 meters in the groundwater levels over two years. These are the results of a survey from May 2002 to May 2004 on the level of groundwater in rainwater harvesting sites, carried out by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Recharge wells: The advantages of this technique are: . Rainwater is bacteriologically pure, free from organic matter and soft in nature. . It helps in reducing the flood hazard. . It improves the quality of existing ground water through dilution. . The structures required are simple & economical

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Impact to date: * An agreement has been setup etween research institute between Polytecnic Negeri Bali and IDEP to impulse the construction and use of wells with PNB being in charge of the necessary research and blueprint design, to analyze and complement existing data regarding the water situation in Bali and to assist into the implementation of the first wells * The project has been endorsed by the Governor of Bali * US 15000 raised through donations. * Increased media coverage about the issue and BWP as the solution. Projected future impact: While the BWP program cannot fix the entire water depletion problem, it has the strong opportunity to significantly contribute to Bali's aquifers recharge and to impulse good-practice freshwater management at the provincial level - contributing to a blueprint for new and best practice water legislation.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

IDEP's technical partner, Polytecnic Negeri Bali will be in charge of designing and building the first wells before independent contractors to use the manual that will have been created. 136 recharge wells will be built within BWP and we hope that the technique will be expended in Bali province but also at a national level. Ultimately, we hope to create a blueprint for other popular touristic destinations which success create water availability and quality issues.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial Strategy: * Individual donations (Crowdfunding) * Corporate Social Responsibility * Grants BWP's funding strategy is primarily targeting businesses and major partnerships have already been established with a leading water park and a worldwide brand of natural body products. Associated to individuals donations and grants, we hope that the success of our initial funding strategy will lead to government funding.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The Bali governance is aware of the issue and will create a network of "biopori". However, their locations is not necessarily suitable and their small size will not allow high rate of aquifer replenishment. A few consulting agencies are providing solutions for businesses to conserve water. However, the necessary awareness and education of the population is missing. More importantly, the restoration of the aquifer, now 60% dry will not be achieved from water savings.

Founding Story

Members of our team in 2012 came across two local governmental studies regarding the state of our provinces’s natural resources which sent us a shock wave, in particular in regards to the state of its freshwater supply. Some articles raising alarms bells kept (and keep on) being published every once and then and local discussions have been taking place about freshwater over the years, both supply and quality wise - but we hadn’t realized the extent of the issue; so many ecosystems and livelihoods, both present and future depend on this natural resource - taken so long for granted. We got so alarmed that we started to look seriously into the issue and more importantly on what was being done in the world to redress the situation.


Dr. Ir. Lilik Sudiajeng, : PNB reseach Director Florence Cattin: program facilitator Julien Goalabré: communication & fundraising officer Doni Marmer: ressource development Avi Yosephine: program supervisor Maitri Fischer: technical adviser At this stage, the project is in its fundraising period prior to implementation.Thus, only the fundraising and communication officer is assigned full time, with all other team members being part time.