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Across the world almost 800 million people still do not have access to clean drinking water close to home and over 2 billion do not have access to sanitation.
Water is everything but its future faces many challenges. Across the world almost 800 million people still do not have access to clean drinking water close to home and over 2 billion do not have access to sanitation. On average, every day almost 800 children under five die from diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. At the same time, according to the World Resources Institute, a quarter of the world’s population face “extremely high” water stress.
WaterAid UK are a charity set up by the UK water industry in 1981 to help the millions of people living without clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. By 2016 the charity had reached 24.9 million people with clean water, 24 million with decent toilets and 16.7 million with good hygiene, and counting… HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been President of the charity since 1991, has also recently agreed to extend his Presidency.
In comparison, the challenges facing the water sector in England and Wales may seem small. But is there anything the water sector can learn from WaterAid? How are the sector already contributing – and what more can they do to help? We spoke to Tim Wainwright, CEO of WaterAid UK, to find out more.
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