Access to clean drinking water is one of the fundamental things that we expect to have. It is vital for people in developing countries to also have the same access to clean water so that they can lead healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives. This is why I support Water Aid.
Between 2011 and 2015, the Department for International Development (DFID) helped 62.9 million people access clean water, better sanitation or improved hygiene conditions. DFID helped build wells, standpipes, pumps, toilets and sewage systems, and encouraged the private sector in developing countries to do more.
The sustainable development goal on water and sanitation for everyone aims to achieve universal access to safe water and sanitation by 2030. The global community must work together to achieve this, so that in the next 14 years we see access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
The Government's aim is to help an additional 60 million people get access to clean water and sanitation by 2020. DFID are working on research methods and other ways of improving water security and management of existing water resources, as well as exploring new approaches to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene for people in developing countries.
A more healthy, productive and prosperous world is clearly in our national interest, and access to water and sanitation is a key part of this.