WaterAid triples number of water kiosks at Glastonbury to support move to reduce plastic drinks bottles

Posted by
Laura Crowley
1 March 2019
Partnership, Water
WaterAid/Emily Graham

WaterAid will be running 37 water kiosks at this year’s Glastonbury Festival to provide refreshment for thirsty revellers and support the festival’s new move to ban the sale of single use plastic drinks bottles, preventing over a million single-use plastic bottles from being used.

The international charity will take more than 600 volunteers to support their range of activities on site. The worthy crew will be refilling water bottles, collecting rubbish for recycling, cleaning toilets, and supervising the female urinal area at Worthy Farm. 

Sian Lamprey, Special Events Project Manager, at WaterAid said: 

“We’re excited to be increasing our presence at Worthy Farm by tripling our number of water kiosks to keep people hydrated while also supporting Glastonbury Festival’s move to reduce plastic pollution.

“We are proud to have partnered with Glastonbury since 1994, and first launched our water kiosks in 2014. All our festival activities are based on our work around the world to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Without home comforts – whether queuing to get a drink, waiting to use the toilet, or not being as clean as they’d like to be – festival-goers can start to understand what it’s like for more than 844 million people living without clean water and the 2.3 billion people with nowhere safe to go to the toilet. It therefore presents a great opportunity to show the difference our work is making across the world.”

Reusable bottles will also be available at the water kiosks – more information coming soon.

Find out more about Glastonbury’s move to end the sale of plastic bottles: https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/plastic-drinks-bottles-will-not-be-available-at-glastonbury-2019/ 


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Notes to Editors:


WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25.8 million people with clean water and 25.1 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org/uk, follow @WaterAidUK or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • 844 million people in the world – one in nine – do not have clean water close to home.[1]

  • 2.3 billion people in the world – almost one in three – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]

  • Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]

  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]

  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]

  • To find out if countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, see the online database www.WASHwatch.org


[1] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[2] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[3] washwatch.org

[4] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

[5] www.wateraid.org/uk