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Are you sitting comfortably? WaterAid reveals the ‘Loo with a View’ at Glastonbury

24 Jun 2015

For photos: We transfer, photo credit: WaterAid/ Ben Roberts

For film: http://youtu.be/6BV-WPDrdpk, (featuring Hannah Wilkinson, WaterAid)

International development charity WaterAid has revealed a very special addition to Glastonbury’s legendary loos at this year’s festival. The ‘Loo with a View’ is a toilet with a two-way door that appears see-through to the person inside – whilst to those waiting, the door appears as a mirror and they’re unable to see in.


WaterAid has installed the ‘Loo with a View’ to give festival-goers a small sense of what life is like for the 2.5 billion people across the world without a safe, private toilet. As they go to the loo, they’ll have a view toward the Pyramid stage crowd and some of the 175,000 people attending the festival. Stage fright could be an issue for those who try out the toilet, as people in the queue will be totally oblivious as they check their reflections in one of the few mirrors available on-site at the festival.

The ‘Loo with a View’ is located next to the cider bus at the back of the Pyramid stage field.

WaterAid’s Chris Wainwright said

“WaterAid’s ‘Loo with a View’ is a light-hearted way of raising awareness of an incredibly serious issue – the fact that a third of the world’s population still have no choice but to go in the open. This installation will allow a brief glimpse into the lives of those who have nowhere safe to go to the toilet and often suffer the indignity of being stared at, harassed or even attacked. This is an issue that particularly affects women and girls who often have to wait until dark to defecate in the open, making them more vulnerable to abuse.”

At Glastonbury Festival without the usual home comforts - whether queuing to get a drink, waiting to use the toilet, or not being as clean as they’d like to be – festival-goers can start to understand what it’s like for over 750 million people living without clean water and the 2.5 billion people with nowhere safe to go to the toilet.

WaterAid volunteers will be campaigning at the festival, where they hope to get 40,000 signatures for WaterAid’s ‘Make It Happen’ petition, calling on the UK Government to support a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation at the United Nations General Assembly this September and do more to make sure that everyone, everywhere has taps and toilets by 2030 for a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world.

For more information and to sign the Make It Happen petition go to www.wateraid.org/makeithappen.

For more information please contact:

  • Carolynne Wheeler in the WaterAid press office on 0207 793 4485 or 07903117715. carolynnewheeler@wateraid.org
  • Suzy Vickers at the festival on 07748746957
  • Hannah Wilkinson at the festival on 07730 676824.

WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. TThe international organisation works in 37 countries across the world 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 www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook.

  • Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
  • Over 750 million people are without safe water, or one in 10 in the world.
  • 2.5 billion people are without adequate sanitation, or 39% of the world's population.