A year aquatic - fundraising water themed calendar goes on sale
Images of the South West's watery environment, from coastline and rivers to reservoirs and lakes, have been gathered together in a fund-raising calendar sponsored by South West Water.
Most of the photos were entrants in last year's Environmental Photographic Competition, run for employees of South West Water's parent company, the Pennon Group. All the pictures in the calendar were taken by staff of South West Water and its sister company Taunton-based Viridor Waste Management.
The twelve chosen images show the breathtaking range of aquatic views around the South West, including Praa Sands, Avon Dam, Upper Tamar Lake, the River Dart and Tinside Lido in Plymouth.
The A4-sized 'Water for Life' calendar, which is being sold at £4.99, will raise money for WaterAid.
WaterAid is the charity supported by the UK water industry. It uses practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. It also seeks to influence policy at national and international levels.
Sue Alcock, WaterAid's South West Regional Representative and SWW librarian, said: "This is the first time that we have put together this calendar. It seemed a good way to use these wonderful images that we had gathered and to raise money to help people who are not so fortunate as we are in enjoying a clean water supply.
"We hope the calendar proves popular enough for us to make it an annual production."
Notes to editors:
The 'Water for Life' calendar costs £4.99 plus £1.50 postage. To order a copy please telephone 01392 443029 or 443074 or email email@example.com, or write to Ms Sue Alcock, South West Regional Representative, WaterAid, Peninsula House, Rydon Lane, Exeter
Devon, EX2 7HR
Full list of photograph locations:
• Sidmouth Seafront by Eddie Simmins
• Avon Dam by Paul Parsons
• Praa Sands by Kristian Metcalfe
• Poldhu Cove, The Lizard by Dave Bridge
• Upper Tamar Lake by Paul Merchant
• Cygnets at River Lerryn, Lostwithiel by Dave Bridges
• Tinside Lido, The Hoe, Plymouth by Roger Gilford
• Bedruthan Steps by Cathy Merchant
• River Dart by Richard Griffith
• Old Lifeboat Station, Polpeor Cove, The Lizard by Huw Parry
• River West Dart by Jo Robinson
• Plym Woods by Jan Simpson
1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water, this is roughly one sixth of the world's population.
2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is roughly two fifths of the world's population.
1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5000 deaths a day.
Water and sanitation infrastructure helps people take the first essential step out of the cycle of poverty and disease. In the UK the expansion of sanitation infrastructure in the 1880s contributed to a 15 year increase in life expectancy in the following four decades.
WaterAid projects providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education cost just £15 per head. (WaterAid)
Published: 2 November 2007