Park days, picnics and BBQs are some of the pleasures hot weather can bring. But with heatwaves and lack of rain for consecutive days, also comes parched gardens and water usage warnings. We all need to be mindful of how we are using our water, and many of us will be encouraged not to turn on the hosepipe.

Parts of the UK have faced water shortages. The tap ran dry for days. For many this was the first time they had experienced a water emergency. But for one in ten people around the world, it’s an everyday crisis.

Eevelyne's water crisis

Eevelyne from Burkina Faso, with little other choice used to collect water from a contaminated river. It caused constant stomach aches, diarrhoea and vomiting for both her and her young family. And that was when water was available. Often just finding water was a struggle, as her community experiences drought and dry seasons lasting up to 8 months of the year. Eevelyne showed us how she used to have to dig a hole in the sand to try and find any water to give to her family.

This has all changed now that there is a clean water source in her village thanks to WaterAid’s support. “Water and food go together. Our harvest and food - we have them thanks to water.”

Now Eevelyne and her community don’t have to drink and cook with dirty water anymore, her family’s diet has improved and constant sickness is a thing of the past.

WaterAid also trained local mechanics on how to maintain and fix the water system, and to monitor rain water levels. This means Eevelyne’s community have a clean water supply whether it rains or not.

Eevelyne collecting clean water at a borehole. This is what she is used to do now since a borehole has been installed with WaterAid's support in her district, in the village of Sablogo, in the Commune of Lalgaye, province of Koulpelogo, Region of Centre-East, Burkina Faso, January 2018.
WaterAid/Basile Ouedraogo

Heatwaves in the UK has made many of us thankful to be able to turn on the tap. You can see the difference clean water has made to just one family. With your support, we can make sure more families like Eevelyne’s stay healthy, with a sustainable and reliable clean source of water.

How you can make a difference

A direct debit means you can give small amounts every month that make a huge difference to WaterAid's work.

Regular gifts by direct debit give us a predictable income so we can commit to helping more people. Plus direct debits mean we pay less in processing fees than for credit card gifts.

785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home. We'll keep working until everyone, everywhere has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. But we can’t do it without you.

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