If there’s one thing Glastonbury is guaranteed to make you think about, it’s the importance of having clean water to drink and somewhere safe (and private) to go the loo.

That’s why at this year’s festival, we asked Glastonbury-goers to sign our Change the Record petition, to give girls around the world the chance of a better future through access to safe water and clean toilets – and we couldn’t believe the response.

In total, an astounding 38,125 of you added your name to our campaign.

That means we have a better chance than ever before of getting the attention of world leaders, to make sure everyone, everywhere has access to taps and toilets by 2030. Missed the petition at the festival? Add your name here >

Find out the five things Glastonbury taught us about water this year.

A better future for women and girls

Clean water and decent toilets transform whole communities. But nobody feels the benefits more than those most affected by a lack of access: girls.

Sign our Change the Record petition this summer and you can help rewrite the stories of thousands of girls around the world. Together, we can:

  • give girls time to go to school instead of spending hours every day collecting water for their families
  • make sure schools have the facilities girls need to stay clean and healthy, especially when they have their period, so they can stay in education
  • reduce the risk of harassment and sexual assault, because instead of going in the open, girls will have the dignity and privacy of a proper toilet
  • improve the health of generations of women and girls, by providing safer conditions in which to give birth and ending the need to carry backbreaking loads of water over long distances. 
Find out what happened when we asked girls around the world how important clean water and toilets are to them.

Michael and Emily EavisGlastonbury 2014 might have been characterised by regular bursts of rainfall, but they did nothing to dampen our spirits as we made an even bigger splash about taps and toilets than ever before.

  • Our six water kiosks provided fresh, clean water to hundreds of visitors to Worthy Farm, who also took the time to sign our #ChangeTheRecord petition to make sure everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and decent toilets by 2030.
  • Our fantastic volunteers kept our She Pees and African pit latrines spick and span, making sure festival-goers had somewhere clean and hygienic to go to the loo throughout the festival.
  • Our stand at the Pyramid Stage drew big crowds of festival-goers after a free refill of fresh water and one of our famous WaterAid tattoos. Our volunteers also handed out our hugely popular reusable steel bottles, available by pre-order at this year’s event and created in collaboration with the Raw Foundation. Find out more about our work with the Raw Foundation here >

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The Poo

The one person you won’t have been able to miss at Glastonbury this year is the famous WaterAid Poo.

Big, brown and armed with an important message – that over 700 girls die every day because of diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and dirty toilets – the Poo was seen out and about across the site asking festival-goers to sign our Change the Record petition.

Photo credit: WaterAid
 The poo at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury festival

The Volunteers

From collecting rubbish to cleaning out our toilets and helping you rock a WaterAid tattoo, our volunteers were working hard throughout the festival to make sure you had the best Glastonbury ever – and to help us make an even bigger difference to girls lives around the world with clean water and decent toilets. 

Photo credit: Ben Roberts

 Volunteers at a WaterAid Glastonbury water kiosk

The Loos Brothers

If you were lucky, you will have spotted these guys while you queued for the loo – and they might even have thrown in a song, too – all while helping to keep the WaterAid toilets brilliantly clean for the duration of the festival. What a lovely trio.

Photo credit: Emily Graham

 The Loos Brothers at Glastonbury

The first-time festivalgoer

You’ll usually find Mani doing fantastic work for WaterAid Nepal.

But this summer, he joined us at his first-ever Glastonbury, and had some amazing insights into the world’s largest greenfield festival and what we can all do to make sure everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and decent toilets by 2030. Read about Mani’s festival experiences here.

Photo credit: WaterAid

 Mani at Glastonbury festival

The Vlogger

Chloe knows that #cleanwaterrocks. That’s why we picked her as the winner of our Glastonbury Instavid competition, and invited her to join us as our official festival vlogger with her friend Holly.

Scroll down to see how they changed the record at this year's festival and see Chloe's winning competition entry, and the rest of our fantastic finalists, here.

Photo credit: Chloe Hudson

 Our Instavid competition winner Chloe, and a friend

WaterAid first became involved with Glastonbury Festival in 1994 thanks to the local Rotary group who suggested us to Michael Eavis. The rest, as they say, is history.

Our relationship with the festival has since gone from strength to strength and we are now one of their three main charities.

Each festival year, we receive a donation in return for the services and volunteers we provide at the festival.

Above all though, the festival gives us a fantastic platform to let people know about us and our vital work. We can campaign and reach tens of thousands of people, and potentially millions worldwide who watch on TV and take an interest in the world's most famous music festival.

Glastonbury Festival is the ideal place to campaign, as people are more receptive to the issues of water and sanitation when they're at a festival than they are in their day to day lives. 

Whether it's getting something to drink, queuing for the toilet or making sure their hands are clean, people are a step closer to the issues and can really start to understand what life is like for the 2.5 billion people in the world who do not have access to a toilet.

Over the years our presence has become bigger and better, and many WaterAid supporters say they first heard of us through the festival. We even got a visit from our President, HRH The Prince of Wales, in 2010 to help celebrate the 40th birthday of the festival.