WaterAid responds to EU referendum result with pledge to continue our work

24 Jun 2016

WaterAid today has responded to the news that the UK’s referendum on European Union membership has resulted in a vote to leave the EU.

WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost said:

"Yesterday was a significant day in the history of the UK with a vote to leave the EU.

"The UK Government and leaders in Brussels will be establishing agreements setting out the UK’s new relationship with the EU as a non-member and there is no doubt this is a time of uncertainty. The implications of this change on the work of WaterAid and on wider international development, both short term and long term, are as yet unclear.

"As ever, we will continue to focus on our vision of everyone everywhere gaining access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030, and on our work with the world’s poorest towards better lives and an end to poverty.  We will rely on our strong values and drive to help us get the very best out of the changes to come.

"We will continue to work closely with the UK Government, the EU and other development partners to ensure development aid and cooperation is the most effective it can be, to effect positive change for the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities."


For more information or to arrange interviews please contact:

Carolynne Wheeler, news manager, on [email protected] or +44 (0) 207 793 4485, or Fiona Callister, media relations lead, on [email protected] or +44 (0) 207 793 5022. 

Or call our after-hours press line on +44 (0) 7887 521 552 or email [email protected].


WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America 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 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.

  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s nearly 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.