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Why the Climate Promises of Paris Depend on Water

Margaret Batty | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

We need to get different sectors talking. Climate change and water are intertwined and we need to speak each other's language when it comes to planning and funding adaptation efforts. We can no longer have countries develop water policies that don't include climate risks, nor can climate planners operate without consulting key water ministries.

Why the Poor Pay Most for Life's Most Basic Essential

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Since we marked the first UN-declared World Water Day in 1993, the world has made incredible progress. Yet there remain more than 650million people in the world without access to clean water, who are faced with a daily struggle involving long dangerous walks or expensive black-market vendors, just to get water that is likely neither clean nor safe to drink.

A Girl's Right to Education Includes Water and Sanitation

Barbara Frost | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

If we are to celebrate all that women have achieved, surely this basic right, essential for health and dignity, which has held so many women and girls back from their full potential cannot go ignored.

Ebola's Legacy Is Still Deadly for Mums and Babies in West Africa

Jo Lehmann | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Jo Lehmann

Ebola no longer makes the headlines, driven out by news of Zika virus and the crisis in Syria. But the terrible legacy of Ebola persists in West Africa, for the survivors who suffer stigma and fear long-term complications, and for all of those who are vulnerable and in need of healthcare at a time when the health system has been brought to its knees.

Water on the Agenda at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

As the world's decision-makers congregate in Davos this week, one of the most pressing issues will be also one of the most fundamental: Water.

What Is the Secret to Creative Success? An Interview With Celebrity Portrait Photographer and Mother, Jenny Lewis

Lou Mensah | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents
Lou Mensah

Jenny Lewis' new book One Day Young, features portraits of women in their Hackney homes within 24 hours of giving birth. A few of these images are of acquaintance's, but most were stranger's at that point, all depicting an arresting intimacy and timelessness that would sit perfectly amongst the collections at The National Portrait Gallery.

It's No Joke: The State of the World's Toilets

Barbara Frost | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

On this World Toilet Day, it's time for the world to make good on our promises - and while we all love a bit of toilet humour, the state of the world's sanitation really is no joke.

This Is What Would Happen #IfMenHadPeriods

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Could you imagine a world where men had periods? It'd be very different to the one we live in, that's for sure. To emphasise this point, WaterAid h...

The Building That Changed London

Edward Bazalgette | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK
Edward Bazalgette

While Crossness Pumping Station may not feature on a postcard, it has perhaps played a bigger part in changing the lives of ordinary Londoners than any other building, saving thousands from death and disease. My great-great-great grandfather Sir Joseph Bazalgette designed and built Crossness...

Belu Water Hits £1Million - And Transforms People's Lives

Barbara Frost | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

Belu started with a simple idea - to transform the bottled water industry by reducing the sector's environmental impact and using 100% of its profits to fund clean water projects in the world's poorest communities. From humble beginnings, this mineral water has made a huge impact.

'Buy a Lady a Drink' and Join Us in Celebrating World Water Day

Steve McAllister | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Steve McAllister

Every day, women around the world spend many hours walking long distances to collect clean water and provide supplies for their families. In fact, a shocking 750 million people globally - approximately one in nine people - lack access to safe water and acceptable sanitation.

Harping on About Water

Catrin Finch | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Catrin Finch

I accompanied Serawark on her daily routine and was appalled to see that the water she depends on was teeming with leeches. I watched as Serawark tried her best to only collect the cleanest water by painstakingly filtering out insects and silt with a jug.

Time to Look Ahead on Ebola

Barbara Frost | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

As the Ebola crisis in West Africa begins to ease, there is equal cause for hope and fear. The news that infections have slowed to fewer than 100 new cases per week is cause for optimism. But as the fight against Ebola moves into this next stage, there is still so much work to be done.

Talking Extreme Poverty at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Margaret Batty

There are still 748 million people on Earth without access to clean water, many of whom have to walk for hours each day to fetch water that puts their health at risk.

Gates drinks water made from faeces. So do you.

Rémi Kaupp | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech
Rémi Kaupp

You may not know it, but there is a good chance that you, too, have already been drinking water that has been - at least partially - recycled from wastewater.

The Urban Sanitation Business

Girish Menon | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK
Girish Menon

With almost half the population of Sub-Saharan Africa living in towns and cities, urban sanitation poses a serious challenge. This is especially the case for unplanned or informal settlements where the majority of the poorest people live...

Focusing on Water - The World's Most Valuable Resource

Barbara Frost | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, with 2.5 billion people on our planet lacking access to a basic toilet. The global health and economic costs are huge. However, the crisis can be addressed, and there is an important and growing role for private enterprise.

Will India's New Prime Minister Free the Country From Open Defecation?

Andres Hueso | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Andres Hueso

The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has recently announced a new campaign to eliminate open defecation - the practice of people relieving themselves in the open - by 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth in 2019...

Minimal Cost for Maximum Benefit: Why Toilets Need to Be Usable by All

Jane Wilbur | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jane Wilbur

Giving someone a way to keep themselves clean and easy access to drinking water and a basic toilet opens the door to better health, the ability to better participate in a community and the basic dignity that every human being is entitled to.

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.

The Girls On the Bus: The Road Ahead

Emily Graham | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

"When I have a family it will be totally different. I hope we will be able even to wash and do our laundry here at home. And when we will have the water point up here, that old water point can be used for the rice field, it would be good for tomato and onion growing, so there would be more food."

The Girls on the Bus: Ze's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

This month, you might see two young girls pictured on the side of London's buses, each hauling a jerry can of water that is more than half their weight. Some 748 million people around the world do not have access to safe water. That is one person in 10. It is nearly always up to girls and women to hike treacherous, winding paths to fetch water for their families, and carry that heavy burden home again.

The Girls on the Bus: Solo's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Graham

I collect water, and then I prepare our breakfast. It's hard collecting water before having breakfast but we need to have water for cooking. We have rice around 7am. We go early in the morning as our parents have to do other things, they are in a hurry to go to the field or do other work.

Meet Solo and Ze, the Girls on the Side of the Bus

Emily Graham | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

Some 748million people around the world do not have access to safe water. That is one person in 10. Around the world, it is nearly always up to girls and women to hike treacherous paths to fetch water and carry that heavy burden home to their families.

Cocaine in Your Water? It Could Be Much Worse

Fleur Anderson | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

Traces of cocaine in our tap water, screamed recent newspaper headlines in the UK. It's alarming, despite reassurances that these are miniscule amounts that pose no risk. But imagine the headlines were about deadly pathogens like E. coli or cholera, and that even these miniscule amounts could harm adults and kill children.