Charity reminds commuters not to take clean water for granted
13:18 13 November 2012
A giant 3D piece of pavement art stopped commuters at Liverpool Street Station in their tracks this morning.
The image of a dirty waterhole was part of a stunt by international charity WaterAid, which was raising awareness of the 783million people across the world who have no access to clean drinking water.
The charity, which was asking people to sing up to make a monthly donation, also had water coolers on site, offering passers-by drinks of clean water and dirty water, demonstrating that some people have no choice when it comes to the type of water they have access to.
WaterAid’s Lisa Martin said: “The sad reality is that 2,000 children die every single day, due to dirty drinking water and poor sanitation. They really have no choice whether or not they drink unsafe, contaminated water.
“Drink it and they might die, but don’t drink it and they definitely will. That’s not a choice at all.
“We want people to know that no matter how small their contribution, there is something they can do to help people around the world facing this reality. We want to reach out to Londoners and make them realise how lucky we all are to have clean drinking water literally at the turn of a tap. Of course nobody wanted to drink our dirty ‘No choice’ water, but not everyone has the luxury of choice.”