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WaterAid

Helping WaterAid provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene knowledge to everyone, everywhere by 2030.

At Yorkshire Water we understand how essential clean water and decent toilets are to human health. 'Safe water' is a key strand of our vision and whilst we are committed to provided these essential services for a growing population, we are also committed to supporting WaterAid and the work they do to help those who need it most around the world.

Yorkshire Water Chief Executive Richard Flint is a former Trustee of WaterAid and fundraising for WaterAid forms an integral part of our Hands Up volunteering initiative.

Donate to WaterAid

Your £10 will do even more than save lives. It will start a ripple that goes on transforming every area of daily life.

Donate now and change lives

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*Texts cost £3 plus one standard network message rate. WaterAid receives 100% of your donation. Include SAFEWATER NO CONTACT to opt out of further communications. Text service run for WaterAid by Vir2 (helpline 0330 6600 425). WaterAid registered charity numbers 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland).

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About WaterAid

WaterAid is an international not-for-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last can people change their lives for good.

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Between 2014 and 2017, our colleagues, partners and customers raised a massive £731,000 for international charity WaterAid.

What we're doing to support WaterAid

Our partnership with WaterAid

Yorkshire Water is working with WaterAid to help bring clean water to 130,000 people in Ethiopia.

Richard Flint, Chief Executive Officer of Yorkshire Water is a former Trustee of WaterAid and fundraising for WaterAid forms an integral part of Yorkshire Water’s ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ campaign.

As long-standing supporters of WaterAid, we're proud to be playing our part in providing clean water and sanitation to some of the world's poorest countries," says Richard.

"With your help, we hope our Yorkshire community can transform the lives of many families across Ethiopia for the better."

Since 1981, WaterAid has reached over 24 million people with clean water with the help of organisations like Yorkshire Water. Donate now and help us to reach everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Working together with WaterAid

Yorkshire Water is working with WaterAid on the second phase of a a project to support the improvement of water and sanitation provision across 42 towns in Ethiopia, following a successful first phase that focused on 20 towns.

WaterAid are determined to reach everyone, everywhere by 2030 with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. But the current rate of progress is far too slow. It’s crucial that things change to meet this global challenge.

For people to break free from poverty, it’s going to take more than installing taps and toilets. It’s about connecting up the systems that make it all possible; engineers with years of training and specialist equipment, companies that monitor water quality and guarantee a 24-hour supply, local authorities who coordinate installation and repairs.

By working together, we not only empower people with the know-how, skills and training to plan and manage their services. We also work with utility companies to connect more people to mains services.

Together, we provide the solutions and build the systems that change the infrastructure that changes lives. Between us, we have the commitment, experience, resourcefulness and connections to change millions more lives – until everyone everywhere has what so many of us take for granted. Together we can do it.

Big Wish for Ethiopia

Through our Big Wish campaign, Yorkshire Water has developed a suite of resources aimed to help young people understand how these three normal things can change lives.

More than 140 schools and youth groups have taken part in Big Wish, reaching 8,500 young people in both Yorkshire and Ethiopia with comparable information about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

More information can be found on our Big Wish page.

Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO commented:

"As long-standing supporters of WaterAid, we're proud to be playing our part in providing safe water and sanitation to some of the world's poorest countries. We are working with WaterAid to raise awareness of the daily struggle many communities face when trying to access clean, safe drinking water. Our recently launched global safe water commitment will focus on specific areas of Ethiopia.

"Through six key areas including: volunteering, education, fundraising, campaigning, capacity building and increased public awareness, we believe we can help to deliver real change. And with your help, we hope our Yorkshire community can transform the lives of many families across Ethiopia for the better. Thank you for your support."

Ethiopia update

Tenalem has been working at the Debre Tabor water utility in Ethiopia for the last five years. He started as an operator and has received electro-mechanical training, which was given by WaterAid. He has since been promoted to the position of electrician.

“I used to work as an operator, which means all I did was switch the water pumps on and off. I was pressing buttons at the switchboard. It wasn’t very challenging. If there was a problem, I would just tell someone and they would deal with it.

“WaterAid took us (20 Towns representatives) to the Ethiopian Water Technology Institute in Addis Ababa. We took a three-week training in fixing electro-mechanical parts that help operate the boreholes.

“We received five courses within three weeks: a course on basic engines, generator maintenance, switchboard maintenance, general electricity and pump technology.

“The training has empowered me as an expert.

“It is very gratifying to go there, detect the fault and be able to fix it myself, instead of calling somebody else. Now I am the guy who is called to fix problems.”

Together we make a bigger difference

Last year Yorkshire Water staff, partners and customers raised an incredible £125,000 for WaterAid.

Thanks to the commitment and generosity of Yorkshire Water staff, partners and customers who supported us last year, we were able to transform the lives of people in Ethiopia with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Our fundraising activities have become bigger and better than ever, hosting annual events including The Water Cycle Challenge and the WaterAid Golf Day.

For the past 25 years, Yorkshire Water has included WaterAid leaflets in their bills. This has been crucial to raising awareness of the global water crisis that is happening right now. The response from Yorkshire Water customers has been fantastic and since 1992, the bill inserts have raised over £10 million!

Together, we can make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere, within a generation.

Speaker network

We are delighted to offer community organisations the opportunity to have a free talk about supporting WaterAid.

Our dedicated speakers will come along to your community group and share the work that goes into providing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for everyone, everywhere within a generation.

To request a speaker, please click on this link and complete the application form.

Changing lives in Ethiopia

Today, four in ten people in Ethiopia don’t have clean water close by and over 92 million people don’t have a decent toilet close to home. 

The water and sanitation crisis is happening right now. And it impacts every area of daily life – harming people’s health, keeping children out of school and stopping parents earning a living.

To really unlock people’s lives, we know that decent toilets and good hygiene are every bit as important as having clean water.

Without all three, people can’t live dignified, healthy lives. With all three, they can break free from poverty, unleash their potential and change their lives for good.