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Diageo to slash water use in half

Drinks giant Diageo has vowed to improve its water efficiency by 50%, replenish water in water-stressed areas and return all waste water back to the environment as part of an ambitious new water stewardship strategy.

The problem of water scarcity can only be solved if businesses, governments and NGOs collaborate

Cross-sector collaboration and the global water crisis

Diageo's head of water, environment and agriculture sustainability Michael Alexander explains how and why businesses must collaborate to address the critical issue of water scarcity.

Tirfie Tikura, a mother in Gellabo village, whose life has been changed by the solar-powered water pumping system

A brighter future: using solar power to tackle the water crisis in Ethiopia

There are 44.5 million people in Ethiopia that don't have access to safe drinking water. Renewable energy is an ideal solution in remote areas with no mains electricity. We take a look at a WaterAid project that used solar power to save lives.

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Raising the bar: Belu's refreshing take on sustainability

Ethical water brand Belu started out with a simple idea: that there is a better way to do business by minimising environmental impact and investing all profits in ending water poverty. Ten years on, Luke Nicholls investigates how the not-for-profit social enterprise is using its sustainable ethos to drive industry-wide change.

The Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard defines criteria for good water stewardship and has been designed to align with other sustainability initiatives

Global brands sign up to international water stewardship standard

Several global organisations, including food companies Nestle and General Mills, have today announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, which aims to promote a global framework for sustainable use of freshwater resources.

World Bank's new climate change report intensifies need for water action

The impact of climate change is increasing the urgency for action on water and sanitation across the globe, says WaterAid in response to a new report from the World Bank published today.

GDP will be 'severely hampered' by water scarcity, warns HSBC

HSBC has invested $100m in a five-year Water Programme set up in partnership with WaterAid, WWF and Earthwatch, after reporting that gross domestic product (GDP) will be affected by water scarcity.

Welsh Water's head of communications Sally Gronow (right), helps check the levels on a newly installed latrine

VIDEO: Harsh reality of water poverty first hand

Twelve volunteers from the water sector in the UK have just returned from a fact-finding mission to Zambia in southern Africa.

Oh, what a night...

The Water Industry Achievement Awards took place last month. The night was a spectacular success, and a chance to recognise the outstanding efforts of companies across the UK in the past 12 months.

Things we all take for granted

When a delegation of senior managers from water utilities and contractors recently visited Mali, they were shocked by the limited facilities, but greatly impressed to observe first-hand how charity WaterAid helps the people to help themselves.

WaterAid brings hope to Mali

On a visit to Mali, leading figures from the water industry found out that there is a lot more to WaterAid's work than digging holes. Fiona Blake from the international charity reveals what they learned

Self-help improves supplies in rural Uganda

A recently completed study into rural water self-help initiatives in Uganda has identified considerable household- and community-level improvements to rural water supplies, and significant potential for encouraging further implementation of self-supply initiatives. Professor Richard Carter of the UK's Cranfield University, team leader for the project, and Aaron Kabirizi, the Ugandan government's assistant commissioner for rural water, outline the study team's findings.

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