Charity reminds commuters not to take clean water for granted

13:18 13 November 2012

WaterAid created a giant 3D piece of artwork to tell commuters about the lack of clean water available for 783million people across the world.

WaterAid created a giant 3D piece of artwork to tell commuters about the lack of clean water available for 783million people across the world.

Archant

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.”

Latest Stories

Planned engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Read more
The woman told officers she was raped after a man approached her from behind in Charnwood Road in Uxbridge this morning (Picture: Google StreetView)

A woman was raped by as she walked along a quiet residential street in Uxbridge in the early hours of this morning, say police.

Read more
This touching letter was written in 1914 from an RAF ground crew member just before he went to war [Photo courtesy of RAF Museum]

As the nation remembers the centenary of the First World War, we wanted to share this heartbreaking letter sent by Air Mechanic Raymond Keith Barlow to his ‘mam’ back home just before he leaves for the war. He reassures her that the war will soon be over and asks her to give some money to a relative – but he never made it home.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more