WaterAid challenges schools to create a Pupil Pipeline and get clean water to children around the world

20 Apr 2015

WaterAid has set the Pupil Pipeline challenge, calling on children to take a break from the classroom and devise innovative ways to transport water along a line without spilling a drop, while also raising vital funds for the international charity.

Using buckets, bottles, jars or even wellies to pass along the water, this fun and educational activity will get pupils thinking about the importance of water and inspire them to help get this vital resource to children who need it most.

To add a competitive edge, schools can form the longest, fastest or most innovative pipeline they can, or even incorporate it into their summer sports day.

All pupils taking part will be asked to donate £2 – the cost of one metre of pipeline, which could help transport clean, safe water to children in the developing world, like those at Ras Zesilas School in Ethiopia, where 2,500 pupils currently shared one tapstand.

Hiwot, 17, a pupil at Ras Zesilas, said: “If you are really thirsty, will you sit there thinking about your thirst, or concentrate on what your teacher has to say?”

The Pupil Pipeline is supported by a host of educational resources focusing on the global water crisis, as well as engaging information on how WaterAid is working with communities to help develop sustainable solutions to give them a lifetime supply of clean water.

Science, Maths and History lesson plans, assembly plans, presentations and a film, as well as stickers and posters for children taking part are all available once teachers have signed up at

Felicity de Ste Croix, Marketing Manager at WaterAid, said: “It’s very easy to take clean water for granted. The Pupil Pipeline is a fantastic way to teach children that one in ten people around the world are not lucky enough to have this vital resource at the turn of the tap. It also provides the means for them to take action and do something about it.”

Across the world, 748 million people have no access to safe, clean water while 2.5 billion lack access to improved sanitation. Every single day, 1,400 children die due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by the lack of these basic services.

As Wateraid’s lesson materials show, 14 new waterpoints at Ras ZeSilas School have made an incredible difference. Now pupils can focus their studies and are much happier and healthier.

WaterAid works with the poorest and most marginalised communities in 26 countries around the developing world to set up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects.  As well as providing toilets and taps, WaterAid always promotes good hygiene behaviour to make sure that the health benefits of safe water and sanitation are maximised.

For more information, or to sign up to the Pupil Pipeline please visit



For more information, please contact Laura Crowley at [email protected] or on 020 7793 4965.

Notes to editors

  • Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
  • 748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population.
  • 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world's population.
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

About WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at