Spill a penny, spend a pound

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Education team holding a cheque

Over the last two years, Affinity Water’s Education Team have been running their “spill a penny, spend a pound” initiative to help raise awareness of global water issues.   

All schools that visited the Affinity Water Education Centre in Bushey Heath were invited to make a voluntary contribution to WaterAid of between 1p to £1 into our giant water bottle. Students take part in hands-on activities to learn about access to water and how this varies across the globe.  They also imagine what it would be like to only have 10 litres of water per day, compared to the average use of 160 litres in the South East of England. 

Contributions from school groups in the 2017-2018 academic year amounted to £364.00. 

The Affinity Water Education Team would like to thank all our visitors for their generous contributions. 

Affinity Water has supported WaterAid’s vision to transform lives by improving access to safe water, taps and toilets in some of the world’s poorest communities since 1981. The “spill a penny, spend a pound” initiative has helped the centre’s visiting schools grasp how much water is used in the UK compared to other parts of the world, and raised awareness about the inequalities that exist with access to safe drinking water on a global scale. 

Hannah Battram, Education Services Manager says “Water is such a precious natural resource and it is vital that we all work together both locally and globally to help manage and protect it.  I’m delighted that so many schools were excited to take part in this initiative.  Helping young people understand water as a global resource, helps provide a much better understanding of water as a local resource – and how individuals of all ages can influence this in a positive way.” 

A little bit more about WaterAid’s work: 

Right now, the world’s poorest people do not have access to safe water, sanitation or hygiene. This crisis is ruining lives and holding back development.  2.3 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world’s population.  650 million people live without safe water.   Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s 900 children per day. WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.