WATER workers carried kilos of the life-giving liquid on their heads on a three-mile journey from the River Wear.
Staff from Northumbrian Water walked with 20kgs of water, to re-enact the gruelling trip millions of women and children in the developing world take every day for their families.
Dave Whitely, 59, and colleagues walked from the company’s head office in Pity Me with empty buckets to Framwellgate Bridge, Durham City, to collect water from the river then carried it back in an African style.
Joining him on the six mile round trip were Jane Davison, 26, from East Boldon, Judith Huffee, 37, from Lakeside, Sunderland, Pam Lovell, 50, from Hamsterley Forest, David Groark, 45, from Seaham, Brian Ford, 43, from Hunwick, Mike Rewcastle, 58, from Winlaton Mill and Laura Patterson, 29, from Ferryhill.
The workmates carried out the sponsored water walk as part of a week of fund-raising for Northumbrian Water’s chosen charity, WaterAid.
Dave said: “It astounds me the journey some children have to take every day, sometimes meaning they miss school, just to find water which is often dirty and unsafe to drink.
“A child dies every 20 seconds in the developing world from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
“We are so lucky to have clean, safe drinking water on tap.”