How you can help provide Safe Water in Indonesian villages


Since the COVID19 lockdown, unemployment is wide spread in North Sulawesi where dive tourism is the main source of income. With many families living pay check to pay check, the local people are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Murex Dive Resorts have launched a “Safe Water Initiative” to ensure that their local villages have access to clean and safe drinking water throughout this period.

Safe Water in North Sulawesi

It is common in Indonesia that households have ‘gallon’ (19 liter) water bottles and dispensers in their homes. These bottles cost around ID75,000 per month for a small family which is a sizeable expense. As a sustainable and ongoing affordable solution, Murex’s Safe Water Initiative aims to roll out Nazava water filtration systems to local communities.

Why are the Filters Needed During COVID-19?

The major concern in North Sulawesi is that as finances become tighter for the local population (which they inevitably will continue to do so), people try to save money by using unfiltered water. In North Sulawesi, food is not the primary concern as people can fish and there are large amounts of fruits and vegetables grown locally but safe water is a different issue.

There is a lack of understanding about what water is safe and what is not, and people often do not boil water for long enough to kill all bacteria. If there is a cholera or typhoid outbreak then there is little defence against this – especially now at a time when medical services are stretched beyond their means.

Murex owners have privately funded 100 filter units but more are needed and they are reaching out to divers around the world to help. Many more units are needed to ensure that everyone in the local communities has ongoing access to fresh, safe drinking water. The filter systems can be used for up to two years before the filter needs changing which means that as the economy and situation here deteriorate, access to safe water will not.

Sarah Wormald, Head of Public Relations at Murex Dive Resorts comments:

We hope that divers who have visited the region before, and met the amazing locals will want to give back and make a donation to help. Safe drinking water is something we take for granted in developed countries but in North Sulawesi it’s an expense which many people just can’t afford now that they have no income due to COVID19. Murex has always looked for ways to support local communities when times are tough and COVID19 is no exception. Clean, safe water is paramount and the Navaza filters are a way to ensure this. The filter systems cost just 20 Euros each and that can mean the difference between health or sickness – or worse.

This is a link to a video from Social ImpaKt about the Nazava filter which explains more about how it works:

How You Can Help

If you are a diver and would like to support communities in Indonesia you can make donations by bank transfer to the following account, please state “Water Filter” or “Navaza” on your transfer. 100%  of donations go to purchase water filters. You may also email Murex directly for more information or to confirm you donation at:

Bank Address:
Kawasan Mega Mas Blok E No.8.
Jalan Pierre Tendean,

Beneficiary / Account Name : Manado Underwater Explorations
Account No : 8295.9595.48
Account Currency: Euro
Swift Code : CENAIDJA

A Message From Murex Dive Resorts

 Thank you in advance to anyone who makes a donation, all donations are very greatly appreciated. May we also take this opportunity to wish you all well and we look forward to being able to welcome divers back to Murex Dive Resorts in the not too distant future.

If you have any questions regarding travel to North Sulawesi, diving in the Bunaken Marine Park and Bangka Island, or about our COVID flexible booking policy, please contact us on: or visit our website:

Sarah Wormald

Sarah Wormald

Sarah Ann Wormald is a writer and PADI Master Instructor with a passion for underwater photography and conservation. Sarah is the author of “Diving in Indonesia” and “Diving in South East Asia” (Tuttle Publishing). With over 20 years of diving experience, Sarah has dived all over the Indonesian Archipelago and South East Asia. Find out more at

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