Clean drop for village
NESTLED in the shadow of Mt Agung, Bali, the remote community of Tenganan receives little rainfall.
Its population of 4000 rely on a river for their limited water supply, one which is used by upstream villages as a toilet, a drinking hole for cattle, and a place to wash their motorcycle engines.
Enter the Tenganan Water Supply Project.
An initiative of the Engineers Without Borders program, a group of Australian- based volunteers are in the final stages of designing a filtration system to make the water fit for drinking and bathing, and to increase the amount available to the community.
Project manager Katie Third says the filter will enable a greater quality of life for the residents: ‘‘ They don’t have enough water to shower and wash - there are a lot of skin diseases. It’s just enough for them to cook with, there’s no water for any business or development.’’
A Perth- based waste water process engineer for Sinclair Knight Merz, Third dedicates about four hours each week to the voluntary project.
While the volunteers designed the project and will supervise the construction, most of the work will be done by Tenganan residents.
‘‘ It’s really important that we get the locals to build it because part of the program is building capacity in the community to build their own infrastructure,’’ Third says.