Ecover supports WaterAid
Water is Life - healthy freshwater ecosystems supply water for drinking, growing crops, manufacturing, energy and transport - as well as waste disposal, erosion control and natural protection from flooding.
Here in the UK, Ecover are committed to protecting the water supplies - which is why our products contain no harmful nasties. They biodegrade quickly and easily with minimum impact on aquatic life and use less water to neutralise. But however much we do here at home, we're well aware that water is a global resource; that's why we've been so eager to support WaterAid.
Our work with WaterAid
Ecover has worked with WaterAid for four years now because we consider water to be our most valuable resource. We're lucky enough to have access to a developed water system which supplies clean, disease-free water quite literally 'on tap'. Millions, however, are not so lucky.
One of the projects we worked on with WaterAid was to bring fresh, clean water to the mountain communities of Tigray, Ethiopia. Together, we built a new gravity-flow water system which channels mountain spring water down into storage tanks situated below, where it's freely available to villagers.
The difference it makes
Eighteen year old Letakiros Hagos from the village of Adiger, Tigray is part of the committee that implemented the project. She told us about the difference a safe, accessible water supply has made.
"In earlier times we had one spring which is one and a half hours walk away but it dries in the dry season," Letakiros explained. To collect enough water for the whole family, Letakiros had to make two trips - which added up to six hours walking every day.
Life has changed dramatically since those days. "We are really happy getting this water. The children were really suffering due to the lack of water and sometimes they suffered skin diseases because they were not clean, but now we are able to wash them whenever we want."
Running the Virgin London Marathon for WaterAid
In order to raise awareness and donations for WaterAid, we recently ran a competition to find a willing participant in this year’s Virgin London Marathon. The chosen runner had to agree to run the marathon dressed as a tap, raise money and write a blog about their efforts!
Emma Dooks is the 'lucky winner' and has already started her training – and despite a minor injury she is persevering and can’t wait to run on the day.
- If you would like to follow Emma’s efforts, plus get great running tips and more information about WaterAid, you can visit her blog
Even small donations to WaterAid go a long way with just £2.00 a month helping to give a person clean and safe water for life. If you would like to donate to WaterAid or find out more about their valuable work then please visit their site.
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