Study finds visitors to Bali, the Gambia and Goa use 16 times as much water as locals, causing conflict and disease.

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This article titled “Charity condemns tourists' use of fresh water in developing countries” was written by Leo Hickman, for guardian.co.uk on Sunday 8th July 2012 22.41 UTC

The disproportionate use of fresh water by tourists in developing world destinations is causing local conflict, exacerbating poverty and helping to spread disease, says a report to be published next week by the charity Tourism Concern.

The report examined five coastal destinations popular with international tourists – the Gambia, Bali in Indonesia, the islands of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, and Goa and Kerala in India. Researchers claim to have uncovered huge inequalities in consumption and access to water supplies between tourists and the local populations.

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