Angela marks World Toilet Day
Angela Smith, has joined calls on the UK Government to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on World Toilet Day.
One in three people around the world still don’t have access to a safe and private toilet. That’s why WaterAid, with support from Yorkshire Water, are committed to making sure everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030. Angela has signed a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene spending in the aid budget after learning that over 840,000 people die every year from diseases related to lack of access to water and sanitation.
In May, independent polling of 150 MPs and 50 Prospective Parliamentary Candidates revealed that they believe the biggest proportion of UK foreign aid goes to health programmes, followed closely by aid for clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene. In reality, this is far from the case. Just 2% of the UK bilateral aid budget is spent on water, sanitation and hygiene. WASH is central to progressing on other key development areas such as health, education and nutrition.
After signing the motion Angela commented:
“I was shocked to learn that more people in the world have access to a mobile phone than a toilet. We take basic sanitation for granted and we need to push our Government to make sure that everyone everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation by 2030 .”
Emily Brady, Public Affairs Advisor at Yorkshire Water said:
“We’d like to thank Angela for their support in highlighting this really important issue. As long-standing supporters of WaterAid, we’re proud to be playing our part in providing safe water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest countries. We understand the importance of clean, safe water, and we have recently committed to raising £1million over 5 years for WaterAid projects in Ethiopia.”
Notes to editor:
Yorkshire Water manages the collection, treatment and distribution of water in the region, supplying around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water to over 5 million people every day. We have 2,500 colleagues and rely on a huge network of more than 700 treatment works, 130 reservoirs and 62,000 miles of mains to transport water around the whole county using our unique grid system. To keep such a complex system working effectively we've got to constantly invest in it, that's why between 2010 and 2015 we'll be putting £3.5 billion back into the local economy. But we're more than just a water company, we're also the second largest landowner in Yorkshire with 80,000 acres of land, and we welcome thousands of visitors to some of the most scenic spots that you'll find anywhere in Yorkshire every year. Our company vision is "taking care of the water environment for good" and we were delighted to be awarded platinum status in the Business in the Community environment index for our work in the area.