DOES WATER HAVE A WEIGHT?
For most of us clean water has no weight. We turn a tap and out it runs. An everyday action we take for granted. Yet 663 million people live without it, and for them water has a physical weight. For this mass of ordinary people, often children, spend extra-ordinary amounts of time walking to collect and carry water for their families. And when they get it, it is often dirty.
So water poverty is not simply a lack of water, but a lack of clean water, the consequences of which are profound, with diseases from dirty water - such as malaria, cholera and dysentery - killing more people each year than all forms of violence, including war.
A QUIET REVOLUTION
This is why we put so much energy and effort into bringing clean water to communities. It is a gift that keeps on giving – for when folk no longer spend hours collecting water, children can return to school, families can improve their economic situation, people stop dying from unnecessary diseases, and communities thrive.