Together we can unlock people’s potential with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Without all three, people can’t live dignified, healthy lives. With all three, they are empowered and independent.  They can unlock their potential, break free from poverty, and change their lives for good.

With clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, children are born healthier. They get the chance to go to school and grow up to become educated adults. Women and men get to earn a living. Whole communities start to thrive, in terms of health and economically.

Installing taps and toilets is essential, but we do so much more. To make lasting change happen on a massive scale we:

  • Influence governments to change laws
  • Link national and international policymakers with people on the ground
  • Change attitudes and behaviours
  • Work with others to pool knowledge and resources
  • Rally support from people and organizations around the world

We owe you some thanks

Thank you to all our supporters and partners - your support changes lives and makes a lasting difference.

WaterAid/ Nana Kofi Acquah

We have the commitment, experience, resourcefulness and connections to change millions more lives – until everyone, everywhere has what so many of us take for granted.

We started because no charity like us existed. We’ll end when no charity like us is needed. Together we can get there within a generation.

In 2017 we changed the way we measured the impact of our work, to provide more transparency about the types of projects we undertake and the end users.


Between 2020 and 2021, we reached 1,244,000 people with clean water, 1,514,000 with decent toilets and 13,966,000‬ with good hygiene.

(WaterAid UK 2020)

Working with our partners around the world, we reached over 109 people an hour with clean water between 2016 and 2017.

(WaterAid UK, 2017)

Since 1981 we've reached 27.1 million people with clean water and 26.6 million with decent toilets.

(WaterAid UK, 2017)