EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris is backing a campaign to bring safe water to deprived areas and eradicate poverty.
Mr Morris is supporting WaterAid’s Water Works scheme to bring clean water and sanitation to the world’s poorest people.
The MP made his pledge at a House of Commons event hosted by Northumbrian Water for WaterAid.
It came on the day that the United Nations announced that the Millennium Development Goal on water – one of eight targets that form a blueprint to help the world’s poorest – has been reached.
An additional two billion people have accessed clean water within the last 20 years.
Mr Morris said: “It is great news that we have met the Millennium Development Goal on water – this shows that aid is working and that we are making steps forward to eradicating poverty.
“There is still much work to be done however, as 783 million people still don’t have safe water to drink, and around 2.5 billion are lacking adequate sanitation.
“Not having these essential services traps people in poverty.
“The UK has a lead role to play along with other countries to concentrate our efforts on bringing water and sanitation to all.”
Preventable diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation are the biggest killer of children in Africa, and illness and hours spent collecting water from distant sources keep children out of school and prevent adults from earning a living.
Safe water and sanitation transform lives, improving health and lifting communities out of poverty.
WaterAid chief executive Barbara Frost said: “We want everyone to back the Water Works campaign and we are extremely grateful for Mr Morris’ support.
“WaterAid will do all we can to reach some of the most marginalised communities in developing countries.”
WaterAid works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.
To support the campaign, visit www.waterworks.me