How to make sustainable drinking water that people can afford? Scope Asia, with its most qualified partners, can provide solar-powered water desalination systems that can convert seawater into quality drinking water. Furthermore, the solution helps to cut down the drinking water costs, stop using single-use plastic bottles, and save up freshwater resources.
In August Tanja from Scope Asia visited one of our partners in Finland. "I love this SolarRO product. Not only because we're both from Finland, but because, with solar power, we can reduce the operating costs of energy-intensive RO systems with zero emissions", she says. #waterforpeople #werunonsolar #scopeasia
These recent years, Bali is struggling to handle the environmental problems. More waste to manage, more needs of water, and more energy needed, meanwhile the needs of people in Bali are increasing year by year.
After applying a regulation about single use plastic, the government is unstoppable to protect the environment and the beauty of this island.
Good news coming from the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster. In the opening ceremony of Bali’s Infrastructure Exhibition (14/8), the Governor stated that the government will make Bali more independent in terms of the source of energy and to be more sustainable and eco-friendly.
The total of energy needed for Bali is around 1,200 MW, meanwhile, Bali has only 800 MW and the other 380 MW is coming from the power plant in Paiton, East Java. To replace the gap, Bali will add a new power plant using eco-friendly, clean, and sustainable energy.
“Not only for the electricity but also the water problems. Bali is facing a lack of water sources. The government, together with the related organization, are making the masterplan to handle this challenge.” Said Koster in his opening speech.
Knowing this, SCOPE ASIA can not be more excited. This vision is in line with SCOPE ASIA’s, and it is exactly what SCOPE ASIA is planning to do in Indonesia, starting with Bali.
Community-Based Waste Management System
SCOPE ASIA, together with Udayana Community Development Program (UCDP) Universitas Udayana, participated in the exhibition. This event was held from 14th-23rd of August 2019 in The Art Center to celebrate the 74th Indonesian Independence Day on August 17th and the 61st Birthday of Bali Province in 14th of August.
In this event, SCOPE ASIA and UCDP Universitas Udayana introduced the Concept of Community Based Waste Management System to the public.
"There is a lot of urban household' waste in centralized sites in Bali. This waste generates multiple problems, such as traffic congestion, creates an unpleasant smell, change biodiversity, and toxic liquid pollution and gasses." Said Prof. I Made Supartha Utama, the director of UCDP Universitas Udayana.
To tackle this challenge, SCOPE ASIA and UCDP Universitas Udayana will work together creating the smart communities in Bali. The communities will be able to manage their household wastes, transform the waste into usable products and clean energy, then use or sell the products to generates money.
"The objective of the Community Based Waste Management System is to give the communities in Bali a real solution to managing their waste which can benefit their health and also the environment." Continue Made.
Based on the recent research, it reveals that every day Bali produces 4,281 tons of waste or 1,5 million tons yearly. From this amount of waste, only 48% is managed while the other 52% is not managed yet. In the other hands, Bali is not only facing the un-managed household’ waste, but also the lack of water sources.
“So, we collaborate with SCOPE ASIA because they can help us in Bali. This moment, there’s some clean drinking problem (in Bali).“ Said Made
The smart communities will not only focused on household’ waste management, but also for the water and farmland treatment. By using SCOPE ASIA’s water purification system to treat the raw water becoming the high-quality drinking water, and using biobox to treat the household’ waste producing the biogas and bio-fertilizer. The bio-fertilizer produced by biobox will be used to treat the farmlands producing organic fruits, vegetables, flowers, ornamental plants, herbs, etc.
Community-Based Waste Management System seems to be the perfect answer to the challenges in Bali. We hope that this program will run successfully with support from every level.
Bali is a beautiful island blessed with a lot of natural resources. Countless of beautiful beaches, waterfalls, lakes, and mountains makes Bali to be the most favourite place for tourists. In the other hand, Bali is facing a serious water crisis. Some 60% of Bali’s water catchment are drying up, threatening freshwater resources making the clean drinking water is rather hard to get.
As a company which providing water purification and desalination system based in Bali, PT Scope Asia Internasional can not only sit and see. We realise that some area in Bali desperately need safe clean drinking water. The people deserves to stay healthy, and get proper drinking water.
In 2018, we installed SCOPE ASIA’s water purification system in Karangasem at Wayan Chakra’s place. This water purification machine is open for public, the people in the neighbourhood can take the water for free.
A year after the installation, SCOPE ASIA team with our Director and CEO, Barbara Lietz, our respected Advisory Board Members, Roger Moser, and Heinz Josef Heile, visited Chakra’s place to see how far SCOPE ASIA’s water purification system benefits the local community.
“My neighbours are often come to take the water, they said that they like the taste of the water better than the common local branded water.” Said Chakra.
SCOPE ASIA’s water purification and desalination system has helped the communities to increase their quality of life. We strive to give our best to the people and the environment, because our passion belongs to people.
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.
SCOPE ASIA is a Go Green solution integrator bringing together the smartest and the most sustainable solutions from Europe and Asia to ease the development and infrastructure challenges and everyday life in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Our focus is on providing clean drinking water and waste-to-energy solutions from small scale households and businesses, as well as communities, to large commercial and industrial purposes.
We have more than seven years of experience in implementing high-quality water purification systems, waste management solutions, and sustainable agriculture and vocational training projects in Timor-Leste, and now, from the beginning of 2019 in Bali, Indonesia.
Our passion belongs to people and the environment. We have a dream, together with our most qualified partners, to make a change for a more eco-friendly and sustainable future.
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