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Going blue for World Water Day

Published Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Coventry City Council is supporting the charity WaterAid to mark World Water Day by turning the lights on the under pass at Gosford Street blue..

Blue for water day

Turning the lights blue will raise awareness of the one in ten people who lack access to clean, safe water.

It is one of many activities happening all over the world today, 22 March to shine a light on the global water crisis and raise money for WaterAid’s life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

Councillor Linda Bigham, Cabinet Member, Community Development, said:  “Everyone has a part to play in helping end the global water and sanitation crisis. We are happy to support World Water Day.”

Barbara Frost, WaterAid’s Chief Executive, said:  “We are delighted that Coventry City Council is supporting WaterAid this World Water Day, and helping us raise awareness of the 663 million people globally who lack access to safe, clean water, having a devastating impact on their health, education, and economic prosperity. 

“Clean water should not be a privilege – it is a basic human right. That’s why we’re calling on governments across the world to deliver on their promises to meet the UN sustainable development goal of reaching everyone, everywhere with clean water and sanitation by 2030.”

On World Water Day, WaterAid will be releasing a global report focusing on water security and how this could be affected in a changing climate. Entitled ‘Wild Water’, the report will rank the world’s worst countries for rural access to water and will show how extreme weather events, like cyclones, flooding and drought, will affect communities already struggling to access clean water.

For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

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