SCOPE ASIA's Water Purification System in the eye of The Award-Winning Eco-Luxury Villas in Bali | #SCOPETESTIMONIAL
Exactly a year ago, Shunyata Villas in Karangasem, Bali trusted SCOPE ASIA to provide and install a water purification system in their property.
Shunyata Villas has a mission; to become as sustainable as possible. With SCOPE ASIA's water purification system, they can convert the municipal water into high-quality drinking water without using single-use plastic bottles and the constant hassle with water providers.
Ultrafiltration system produces 180 liters per hour, which is enough for daily drinking water needs for the hotel.
"We have had this machine about a year now. We use it for daily water supply", says Manuel Engler, the resort manager of Shunyata Villas.
Engler finds the purification system beneficial for providing drinking water for the guests and staff, but especially for the restaurant. Now the guests can be sure that the water used for cooking is healthy and bacteria-free.
Shunyata Villas, as an Award-Winning Eco-Luxury Resort, provides the first-class accommodation in harmony with nature and brings the unique eco-friendly experience to the guests making this villa one-of-a-kind in the area.
"Everybody is happy, the guest like the water and the taste of the water, so it's a good thing to have this machine here." Said Engler
SCOPE ASIA's water purification system also helps the nearby community to increase their quality of daily life by providing a similar clean drinking water system as Shunyata's. Thanks to SCOPE ASIA, several families in the neighborhood no longer worry about providing safe and clean drinking water for everybody.
The technology to ease global environmental and developmental challenges already exists, but there is a lack of understanding and finding suitable solutions for local needs. For this reason the importance of decision intelligence for companies planning to develop their business in Southeast Asia, is vital.
“Today’s problem is not about the selection of the best technology, but to understand what kind of decision making challenges you face, what kind of questions you need to answer, and what kind of data you need”, says professor Roger Moser.
Moser is an expert for business development and decision intelligence and has helped many European and global companies in expanding their businesses in Southeast Asian markets. He is also a member of SCOPE ASIA's International Advisory Board. He has worked together with Scope Asia in water treatment projects in Timor-Leste.
Moser thinks that companies opening new businesses and projects need the have the understanding of the local needs and conditions. To achieve the understanding and knowledge requires answering the right questions and collecting the relevant data for decision-making. After this, companies need a partner to complete and implement the work on the location.
“Somebody needs to be on the ground to connect the dots,” he continues.
According to Moser the real challenge for business today is not about the technology, but the troublesome journey to find the right players to get together and work together, and to build up integrated solutions that meet the local needs.
“That is exactly the scope of SCOPE ASIA”, summarizes Moser.
Scope Asia is a Go Green solution integrator which also providing safe water and waste-to-energy solutions in Indonesia and Timor-Leste as well as supporting the market entry and expansion for companies in Indonesia.
Take a deep breath! The fresh air and green nature in the mountainous area of Maubisse is astonishing. However, the journey from Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, to Maubisse requires a bit of an adventurous attitude.
Last November the 70 kilometers ride took three hours along the road that was under construction until halfway but already in heavy use. At the same time, as road construction workers with machinery tried to make progress, trucks were delivering supplies to mountain villages, and colorfully decorated buses were commuting workers between their homes and Dili. In the rainy season, the unpaved road became hazardous.
Scenic Maubisse is a popular weekend destination for townies, but it aims to attract foreign tourists too. Tourism is seen as a lever to improve the country's crappy economy, but there are many challenges to confront, for example, the travel infrastructure is still inadequate. For instance, when entering the country, you must have enough US dollars in cash because ATMs are not available, and the only credit card acceptance is Visa Card.
The currency is the US dollar, which makes everyday life expensive, even for wealthy travelers. It makes me wonder how people in one of the poorest countries in the world can survive.
Water, food, and shelter
Life in isolated villages is made of simple things - to satisfy the basic needs of water, food, shelter, and clothing. In Timor Leste, 70% of the population still lives in rural areas, and 40% below the poverty line.
It's an early afternoon at the market of Gleno village. A group of stallholders has crouched under the umbrella gossiping and chewing the betel leaf, the traditional stimulant which stains their teeth red.
They sell cassava and sweet potatoes. Every morning they pick up the products from the local farmers and walk an hour to the market. I cannot see any solvent customers and wonder how their business and livelihood is really doing.
Safe drinking water is one of the scarcities in the rural area. Leublora Green Village is an eco-school and organic farm in Maubisse. The aim is to empower the community by educating sustainable agriculture and creating business opportunities. The organic farm, for example, is a village-owned cooperative that produces flowers, strawberries, and vegetables for sale.
Eco-school has invested in a water purification system that provides drinking water for the students and the community. Villagers no longer need to bring their water from long distances.
Oil didn't lift people out of poverty
After the independence in 2002 Timor Leste got access to the oil resources of the Timorese Sea, which created hopes for the country's prosperity.
Oil accounts for 90% of government revenues, but oil price fluctuations bring instability to the economy, and as the price drops, more and more oil has to be exported.
Furthermore, the gas and oil industry has not brought the added value or desired jobs. For example, the country's first refinery is still under construction.
The first years after the independence government's primary function was to rebuild infrastructure and strengthen civilian administration since the years of occupation.
For the moment, the biggest challenge is to create jobs for young people entering labor markets. About 60% of the population is under 25 years old.
While other countries in Southeast Asia are reaping 5% annual economic growth, Timor Leste's economic growth is negative. The government's persistent problem is how to use the best way the current gas and oil revenues to increase economic growth, create jobs for young people, and reduce poverty.
Text: Tanja Harjuniemi
Scope Asia's Team visited the tiny Nusa Ceningan Island close to Bali; it's such a scenic and peaceful place still hidden from mass tourism. We were aware that groundwater there is salinated, but how salinated, we wanted to find out.
We spent a night in an eight bungalow's Blue Lagoon Secret Villas, and while brushing the teeth before going to bed, it became apparent; there was a minor salty taste in tap water.
Only a year ago the owner Ketut Warta with his business partners drilled a 40 meters deep borehole to get fresh water. The drilling is located a few kilometers from the beach up in the hill from where the water is piped to the resorts.
For the first month, the water was fresh and sweet, but then it started to turn into saline.
In the morning we tested the water. Tap water's TDS level was 5.500 mg/l.
Total dissolved solids (TDS) is a term to describe the inorganic salts and minerals in the water. Swimming pool's TDS was lower, 3.000, because there was heavy rain during the night.
Water with that high TDS is of course not drinkable, but tourists find it also too salty to brush teeth, shower or swim even in principle it's suitable for those purposes.
"Guests are complaining. Salty water is not good for business", says Ketut.
TDS level for excellent drinking water is less than 300 mg/l and for unacceptable drinking water more than 1.200 mg/l.
There are methods to desalinate water, for example reverse osmosis. Scope Asia's solutions from Finland and Switzerland for desalination would do the job cost-efficiently and sustainably, but for Ketut, it would mean another investment only a year after the borehole investment.
Check out the video to see how our testing goes.
Everybody knows composting as a way to dispose of organic waste. Smart Biobox is different. It's the most effective and sustainable way to dispose of your organic waste and convert it into a valuable by-product like bio-fertilizer and biogas.
With bio-fertilizer you can preserve environment and let your garden or plantation blossom, and with biogas you can reduce your carbon footprint by producing your gas for cooking.
After four weeks of preparation period you can load max. 10 kg of chopped/shred organic waste mixed with 10 litres water (ratio 1:1).
When Biobox is working with full capacity in optimal conditions (for example under the sun) the production of liquid bio-fertilizer is 2-40 litres per day and biogas up to 2 cubics per day. Production capacity depends on the type and amount of feedstock and the temperature.
The feedstock types can be organic waste including kitchen waste and food leftovers such as fats, meat, oil, cream, coffee, vegetables and fruits, shred garden waste except wood and cow or other animal manure.