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Water worker is off to Zambia to support WaterAid

31 january 2012
He will be able to see the difference that the money raised by Veolia Water staff and customers has made when he visits some of the international charity's projects to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in this part of Africa.

Peter said: "I can't wait to witness the impact the work has had on people's lives in the developing world. I'm also looking forward to engaging with the local community to understand more about what everyday life is like for the local people.

"Until you see it for yourself I don't think you can truly grasp how precious water is. It's something I think we all take for granted - sadly millions of people have no choice but to drink dirty water which will either make them or their children sick"

Peter has been chosen to represent the company on a WaterAid Supporters' trip departing on 12 February and is one of 11 representatives from water companies in the UK taking part in the trip.


 Dimitria Lubinga collecting water from an unsafe open well that is 20 minutes walk from her house, Habeenzu village, Zambia. Photo courtesy of WaterAid/Anna Kari
Nikki Skipper, WaterAid's Team Leader who will be on the trip, said: "It will be a great personal challenge for the water industry supporters, but also very inspiring to see how WaterAid's work can make a real difference to people's everyday lives."

While Peter is away he will be updating his online blog to share his experience and to help raise funds for the charity. Log on to: http://peter-harris.blogspot.com/ to find out how you can give your support to WaterAid.

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For further information please contact Sue Pavey or Becky Martin on: Tel. 01707 277110, email: news@veoliawater.co.uk, website:www.veoliawater.co.uk/news

About us:

Veolia Water Central is the UK's largest water supply only company and is part of Veolia Water UK. We are committed to delivering a high quality water service to all our customers. We provide 870 million litres of water each day to a population of 3 million people, in parts of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon and parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, and Enfield. Our supply area covers a total of 3,700 square kilometres, stretching from Luton and Royston in the north to Guildford in the south, and from Berkhamsted in the west to Dunmow in the east.

For more information visit www.veoliawater.co.uk/central or follow us on www.twitter.com/veoliawateruk.

About WaterAid

WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world's poorest communities. Over the past 30 years, WaterAid has reached 15.9 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 11 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraid on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid

·At least 4,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

·884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population.

·2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is 39% of the world's population.

·For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, on average £8 is returned in increased productivity.

·Just £15 can enable one person to access safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.