Happy World Water Day

Water is just the beginning...


22 Mar 2013 | UK

At WaterAid, we believe that water is just the beginning. Clean water brings benefits in other areas including health, wealth and education. Yet 783 million people still don't have access to clean water. 

This is why we are launching our Everyone, everywhere report at the UN meeting on water at the Hague. The report calls for universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 and will be launched by President Sirleaf of Liberia.

You can see exactly what access to water for everyone, everywhere looks like with our new interactive tour of Alakamisy village in Madagascar, which we're releasing on our website today!

Also today, our celebrity ambassador Rachel Stevens will be launching a brand new pack design for Belu Water, the ethical water that donates all profits to WaterAid. 

Finally, we've been counting down to the big day with our inspiring and informative #20ways water changes lives images, shared enthusiastically by thousands of you on Twitter and Facebook over the past three weeks. Thank you so much!

Find out more on our World Water Day page here >

We've rounded up some of the coverage of the day here, via Storify:

World Water Day around the world

  • Nearly 350,000 people are joining us to walk for water and sanitation at events across many of the countries we work in. We're asking people to demand that governments keep their promises on water and sanitation. 

  • In Australia, meanwhile, hundreds of people are raising awareness and funds by walking for water for five days as part of Walk4Water.

  • Our team in the USA will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout at At 1:30PM EST / 5:30PM GMT on 22 March. We'll be discussing the water crisis with representatives from other water charities. We are also attending a UN Global Advocacy event in New York to discuss the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene in forming ambitious global goals after 2015. 

  • In South Asia, the focus is on sanitation: the other half of the water equation. A regional campaign was launched on 19 March, bringing together civil society organisations working on water and sanitation, health, education and nutrition. The resulting alliance of organisations aims to mobilise one million people to demand their right to sanitation. 

Wherever you are in the world, please join us in celebrating the potential of water to change lives and call for action to make access to water a reality for everyone, everywhere!