WaterAid's work

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WaterAid is determined to bring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to everyone, everywhere by 2030. With these essentials, people can transform their lives, no matter how small, remote or excluded their community.

Putting a clean water source and decent toilets into a community is not enough however –communities need to be able to rely on these services forever. This is why WaterAid works together with local partners, local and national governments and the private sector to make sure the systems and skills are in place to ensure that clean water continues to flow and toilets don’t become unusable through poor maintenance.

Everyone has the right to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. We often take our right to household water and sewerage systems for granted, paying little attention to how these safe and reliable services are provided. A world where these services exist for everyone, everywhere is possible, but a long road lies ahead. For many communities, ensuring access to the most basic services will be the vital first step in making sure no-one needs to worry about what to drink, where to go to the toilet, or how to wash their hands.


  • 844 million people live without clean water.
  • 2.3 billion people don't have access to a decent toilet, one in three of the world's population.
  • Around 289,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day.

Since 1981 WaterAid have reached 25 million people with clean water (WaterAid, 2016) and since 2004 have reached 24 million people with decent toilets.

How your support helps:

  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to clean water
  • For every £1 invested in water and toilets, £4 is returned in increased productivity

You can find out more about WaterAid's work by visiting its website or go to its YouTube channel for videos showing the impact of the charity's work.