For the hundreds of millions of people living in poverty, extreme and unpredictable weather events are putting clean water sources under growing threat. 

Already, a shocking 1 in 10 people worldwide don't have clean water close to home. The climate crisis means already fragile water supplies are at even greater risk of disappearing completely.

By 2040, 1 in 4 children will be living in places where there is not enough water to meet the demand.

What has climate change got to do with water?

A staggering 90% of all natural disasters are water-related, and they're massively impacting people's lives.

As global temperatures continue to rise, we're experiencing too much or too little water. More frequent and extreme flooding is polluting fragile water sources. Longer droughts are drying up springs.

How is climate change affecting people?

Without clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, communities are more at risk of catching waterborne diseases like cholera, which claims 120,000 lives every year.

Women and girls are suffering the most, as responsibility falls to them to take on household chores, collect water and care for the family. As water becomes more scarce, their day-to-day lives become much harder.

"We have to risk our lives just to go looking for water..."

Hilda's community endures frequent drought and flooding, and sometimes, her family goes days without water. When she has no other choice, she reluctantly collects water from a nearby well, but it often gives her children stomach ache and diarrhoea.

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Empowering communities in a changing climate

We provide water and sanitation services communities can rely on, along with instilling good hygiene practices.

We work with people who've been hit hardest by the effects of climate change to make sure they have a reliable supply of water and decent toilets that withstand flood, drought and natural disaster, and the resources to maintain good hygiene.

With clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, they can stay disease free, go to school, earn a living and be better prepared for whatever the future brings.

Our climate fight

Right now we're calling on the UK government to invest in water projects that can withstand extreme weather.

With reliable clean water, communities on the frontline of climate change can take charge of their futures.

Join our climate campaign
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Our Climate Fight  

Ask the UK Government to invest in the unsung heroes in the fight against climate change – clean water and decent toilets.

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