Getting creative with water industry professionals

We're tapping into the skills of water industry professionals to get ideas and funds to help solve water and sanitation issues in Nepal.

23 Jul 2015

34 years since WaterAid was set up by the UK water industry, we're still working closely with our water industry partners. 

Our latest Water Innovators scheme challenges employees to solve a real problem from our work, using technological innovation and creative fundraising.

The companies involved chose to work with Nepal, and since the earthquakes there earlier this year, many of the teams have decided that the money they raise will be spent on emergency and development work to help rebuild the affected areas. 

Our Nepal team have tasked the participants with one of two challenges: the ‘water challenge’, to address water source depletion and promote rainwater harvesting in rural areas, or the ‘toilets challenge’, to look at how we can advise local authorities in the building, management and promotion of public toilets in urban Kathmandu. 

Meet Clive the rainwater harvester

Nepal is rich in rainwater. It requires only simple technology to collect, and many people are already using it at home  ̶  but don't see it as a safe source of drinking water.

Inspired by this practical and sustainable form of safe water, Team Natural Harvest from South East Water is designing the technology to collect rainwater, as well as the educational tools to work with communities. 

They also have a rather unique member of their team: Clive. He's building a virtual rainwater harvesting system using bricks donated to the team, as a way to raise money for the project. 

And Team Natural Harvest aren't the only ones with a creative approach to generating funding.

The Kathmandu’ers from Anglian Water have created The Thirsty Games, an inflatable obstacle course for employees, while Mott MacDonald team members have climbed Pen-Y-Fan an incredible twenty times (which equates to climbing Everest) and staff from Balfour Beatty are planning to trek for 20 kilometres while carrying a 20kg load. 

Read more about our work in Nepal >

Find out more about Clive, the rainwater harvester, on his blog or follow him on Twitter >