World Water Day

World Water Day 2012 Waterwise WaterAid Photo credit: WaterAid/Jon Spaull

Value water, value life, on World Water Day


This World Water Day, save litres of water at home and support WaterAid’s work to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest communities.


Parts of England are currently suffering from the worst drought in several decades. But at the same time, one third of the water that we use in our homes is literally flushed down the toilet every day – what a waste! 

For World Water Day Waterwise has teamed up with UK water companies, Hippo the Watersaver, and Save-a-Flush to encourage people to reflect on the value of their tap water and make a difference to those abroad who lack access to clean water

Worldwide there are 783 million people who live without access to safe water. Preventable diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation are the biggest killer of children in Africa, and illness and hours spent collecting water from distant sources keep children out of school and prevent adults from earning a living.

World Water Day Waterwise WaterAid SWAN Photo Credit: WaterAid/Layton Thompson This World Water Day (and for two weeks afterwards), when you request a free cistern displacement device to reduce the amount of drinkable water flushed down your toilet, a donation will be made by your water company to WaterAid to support their ongoing efforts to transform lives by improving access to safe water in the world's poorest communities.

These donations can really make a difference, as for every £15 donated, WaterAid can supply a lasting supply of clean water and sanitation.*

And, not only will your actions help abroad, a cistern displacement device will save a family of four 20 litres every day – that’s twice the amount of water the average person in the developing world uses every day for drinking, washing and cooking.


Participating Water Companies

The participating water companies are all members of the Saving Water Advocacy Network (SWAN). Click the logo of your water company to claim your free device.

dee valley jersey water
scottish water  sembcorp bournemouth
 south east  southern
 south staffs  sutton and east surrey
 thames  veolia
link to hippo and save a flush


Further information, devices and advice are available from your local water company.