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Is Bali Tap Water Safe to Drink? Contributed Factors and Solution

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

Questions about the safeness of Bali tap water are often discussed by the community and tourists. As stated by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), several large countries such as Australia, the United States, Canada, and various countries in Europe already have eligible and safe water for consumption. As for Asia, there are only a few countries with safe water which includes Brunei, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, which means Bali (as part of Indonesia), are not included in the list. What makes Bali water not safe to drink? Before we analyse the details, take a look at the water distribution system in Indonesia as follows:

The Water Distribution System in Indonesia

The Indonesian government meets the water needs of the public society through a local company called PDAM (Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum) or a regional drinking water company that distributes the clean water through pipes to the faucet/tap in most households. This company is widely spread throughout Indonesia with the primary objective of providing public benefits in the form of quality water resources to fulfil the community's needs. However, apart from PDAM, water distribution is also carried out by several private companies such as PT. Aetra. Although there are private parties, the government ens