For over four decades, we’ve worked in partnership with the UK water industry towards our shared vision of a world with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for everyone, everywhere.
A strong foundation
In 1981, members of the UK water industry united to create a single international organisation dedicated to ending the water crisis – and today, our founding partners remain at the heart of what we do.
Passionate water industry volunteers support us at events and host their own around the country, helping spread our message and ensuring WaterAid remains truly grounded in communities across the UK.
Every year, employees and contractors dedicate thousands of hours of their own time to fundraising, campaigning, and raising awareness of our mission.
And over the years, customers have generously donated over £235 million to support our work around the world.
Working in partnership
By connecting the UK water industry with peers in other countries, we create unique opportunities to exchange knowledge, technical skills, and expertise.
By working together, we develop solutions that improve infrastructure, strengthen systems, and create lasting change – not just for communities, but for entire countries.
Our partnerships in practice
The Beacon Project
We’re working with Anglian Water, local utility companies, partner organisations and the Nepalese Government to bring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to every resident – totalling over 90,000 people – in Lahan, south-eastern Nepal.
Alongside providing technical advice and sharing expertise, Anglian Water staff and supply chain partners are also raising funds to support the project by hosting events here in the UK.
Severn Trent Water in Bangladesh
Severn Trent Water is supporting a project to improve water and sanitation services for 100,000 people in Bangladesh's coastal Assasuni region, an area particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
We're working with our local partners to install new water systems in health centres, deliver essential hygiene education, and train women like Gita Roy, pictured, to manage treatment plants that provide clean water to villages across the region.
Yorkshire Water in Ethiopia
Over the past seven years, we’ve been working with Yorkshire Water to provide sustainable water and sanitation facilities in small towns in Ethiopia.
In collaboration with communities, utility companies and local authorities, together we’ve not only installed essential taps and toilets, but also supported utilities managers like Leyew to develop the skills they need to keep the new systems running smoothly.
Thames Loves Malawi
By connecting Thames Water staff with their peers in Malawi, we helped bring about a unique exchange of experience and technical expertise, supporting Malawian industry professionals to develop their skills and knowledge.
Over the course of our four-year project, together we brought clean water to around 8,000 residents in the remote towns of Mponela and Kasungu. We also improved access to decent toilets for almost 25,000 people, as well as reaching 16,000 people with vital hygiene education.
Wessex Water in Liberia
Wessex Water is funding work in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, to install eight bio-digester toilet blocks – like this one at the busy Waterside Market – in schools and carefully selected communities across the city.
Alongside building the physical infrastructure, the project has also focused on equipping local residents and community leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to fix and maintain the new toilets, so they keep working long into the future.
Raising funds to support our work
From scaling mountains to hosting events with a difference, every year staff, contractors and volunteers from our partners go above and beyond to raise funds that make our work possible – see just some examples of their efforts below:
Northumbrian Water Group have supported WaterAid since the very start, with their special events always making a splash. Over the years, they've supported our work in Madagascar and elsewhere around the world.
Raising thousands of pounds each year through events like their Step Challenge, Welsh Water employees are currently supporting projects in Uganda, where we're working to improve three supply schemes that provide water to some of the most marginalised communities across the Eastern region of the country.
Northern Ireland Water have been supporting WaterAid since 1984, raising over £60,000 a year through employee-led fundraising and events.
If you’re a member of the UK water industry and you’d like to get involved with our work, or if you have any questions about our partnerships, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!
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