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Clean water and safe sanitation are vital to development but often overlooked by governments. That’s why WaterAid campaigns to push taps and toilets to the top of the political agenda.

And we couldn’t do it without your support. Here are our top campaign successes your support has made possible over the years.

1. Make It Happen

In 2015, you helped us achieve something remarkable.

Together, 115,056 of you added your name to our Make It Happen petition, to make sure everyone everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.

Barbara Frost and Baroness Verma hold a petition.
WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost and Baroness Verma holding the petition of 115,056 signatures at the Houses of Parliament.

We took your names to the UK Government, to make sure the 17 Global Goals – on issues including health, hunger and education – included a target on safe water and sanitation, because we know that the inclusion of this goal could change the lives of the world’s poorest communities.

On 25 September 2015 that ambition became a reality. This means that world leaders have acknowledged the critical role taps and toilets will play in eradicating poverty – for the first time ever.

Six ways the Global Goals could change the world >

2. Turn Up Save Lives

You made sure we said goodbye to 2014 in incredible style by getting your MPs to #TurnUpSaveLives and vote in favour of the 0.7% bill on international aid.

The bill has now been enshrined in law, safeguarding the UK's promises to the world's poorest people.

3. Change the Record

Safe water and decent toilets can change the lives of those most affected by a lack of access: girls.

At Glastonbury 2014, 38,125 festival-goers signed our Change the Record petition, which aimed to transform the lives of girls around the world, by providing access to taps and toilets for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

WaterAid volunteers head out to promote the Change the Record campaign at Glastonbury 2014.
Photo: WaterAid/Ben Roberts

The campaign was officially launched by Glastonbury festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis. "Glastonbury festival is a time when people find themselves a step closer to the issues facing all the millions of people without access to safe water and toilets," says Michael.

4. Everyone Everywhere 2030

In 2013, 77,000 people from the UK joined forces with 1 million others from around the world calling for universal access to taps and toilets by 2030.

WaterAid supporter Dave Gardiner handed in our Everyone,Everywhere 2030 petition to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, calling on him to prioritise water and sanitation at the UN General Assembly in New York.

WaterAid supporter Dave Gardiner with Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.
Photo: WaterAid/Layton Thompson

On receiving the petition, Mr Clegg said, “With a million people signing this petition, including more than 77,000 from the UK, it is clear that the public the world over are deeply concerned about creating a world where people live in human dignity and have clean water and sanitation."

5. Water Works

Without safe water or sanitation, millions of people are trapped in a cycle of poverty and thousands of children die needlessly every day.

As part of our Water Works campaign, you took action to address this global crisis, by calling on those in power to do more. Your words and images sent a strong message to leaders around the world, including the former International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell.

Barbara Frost, WaterAid's Chief Executive, with former International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell.
Barbara Frost, WaterAid's Chief Executive, with former International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell.
Photo: WaterAid/Dermot Tatlow/Panos Pictures

And your message was heard. Thanks to your amazing support, Mr Mitchell doubled the Department for International Development's own commitment to reaching 60 million people with safe water and sanitation by 2015.

Feeling inspired? Check out our campaign resources >