MP makes bid to improve water safety

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A LOCAL MP has backed a campaign to bring safe water and sanitation to the world’s poorest people.

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, made her pledge at a House of Commons event hosted by Northumbrian Water on behalf of WaterAid’s Water Works campaign.

Established in 1981 with the support of Northumbrian Water and the UK water industry to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, WaterAid has reached millions of people in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region.

Within the last 20 years, two billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells, achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goal on water.

“It is great news that we have met the Millennium Development Goal on Water – this shows that aid is working and we are making steps forward to eradicating poverty.

“I’m proud that a North East-based charity has played such a well-respected part of that campaign over the last 30 years,” said Ms Hodgson.

“However, complacency is not an option when 783million people still do not have safe water to drink, and about 2.5billion are lacking adequate sanitation.

“Not having these essential services traps people in poverty, and the UK needs to play a lead role in concentrating international efforts on bringing water and sanitation to all.”

Pleas have now been made for more people to get involved.

WaterAid chief executive, Barbara Frost, said: “We want everyone to back the campaign and we are extremely grateful for Sharon’s support.

“WaterAid will do all we can to reach some of the most marginalised communities in developing countries.”