Working with WaterAid

Anglian Water's Richard Boucher with Children with Malawi

There's a natural link between the UK water industry and the work of WaterAid. Water and sewerage companies are responsible for managing the production of millions of litres of world class drinking water everyday and treating the returning sewage to high standards so that we can discharge it to the environment without causing pollution. We understand at a fundamental level how important the work of WaterAid is.

In 1981 UK water industry employees responded to the UN 1981-1991 Decade of Drinking Water and Sanitation by raising £25,000 and as a result established WaterAid in the same year. Regional fundraising committees were set-up to enable more organised fundraising events to take place and the resulting increase in donations enabled the charity to grow.

When the water industry in England and Wales was privatised in 1989 the newly formed companies pledged to continue their support for WaterAid's work and to this day remain a valuable and pro-active group of core supporters.

With help from the Water Industry, since 1990:

  • 2.6 billion people have gained access to clean water
  • 2.1 billion people have gained access to an adequate toilet.

Anglian Water and WaterAid

The work of WaterAid in the Anglian Region is supported by the Regional WaterAid Committee. The committee is made up by a number of Anglian Water employees who give up their free time through the company's Love to Help scheme plus a representative from WaterAid. And is led by the Chairman, Richard Boucher and the Regional Representative, Diana Freeman.

We raise money for WaterAid in a variety of ways:

  • Organising a number of large corporate fundraising events aimed at suppliers and contractors
  • Organising smaller fundraising events aimed at staff, families and friends
  • Running the Anglian region WaterAid lottery
  • Supporting a variety of national and local fundraising efforts.

In 2015-16 Anglian Water staff, partners and customers raised £754,925 for WaterAid. It takes just £15 to provide a person with access to safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene, to help change the lives of over 28,000 people.

Through the WaterAid lottery and payroll giving scheme, employees raised £46,605.

Employees from the water industry are also invited to join WaterAid supporters’ trips. In July 2015 our colleague, Richard Boucher visited Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi and also Kasungu in the central region. You can read about the daily activities, his insights and in particular his thoughts on his blog.  

You can also read Matt's blog from Sehore District in India back in 2013 and Nicole's blog from Uganda in 2014 too.



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