Water

Water. It's the stuff of life. And for many around the world it's in short supply. We all have a role to play in addressing this problem.

According to the UN, 844 million people do not have access to improved drinking water and more than 2.4 billion lack access to a basic, hygienic toilet. We want you to join us in making a significant difference to changing this.

Working in partnership with The One Foundation, Coop has spent the last 12 years investing in clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Africa. We also are pioneering partners for Water Unite, and now, every bottle of water bought in a Co-op helps to support clean water projects and changes lives.*

You've made the difference

By buying our water, you've helped The One Foundation to fund water, sanitation and hygiene programmes across the world.

  • Raising over £10milion to date for clean water projects
  • In 2018 we fixed over 100 broken pumps, reaching over 40,000 people
  • Supporting water, hygiene and sanitation programmes in our Fairtrade cocoa, sugar, tea and flower growing communities
  • Providing water access for 3 humanitarian crises in 2018 alone
  • Building rainwater harvesting systems and safe toilets in schools for over 8,000 children

In April 2017, we signed up as pioneer partners to Water Unite (Global Investment Fund for Water), so now every branded bottled water that we sell contributes 1p per litre to the fund, which aims to end water poverty globally by 2030. Together with Co-op water, this means you help us to donate over £2million a year to clean water and sanitation projects across the world. So, when you buy water from Co-op, feel proud.

Read more about Water Unite here.

Eveline operates a milk vending business in Githogoro, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. Until recently, Eveline depended on informal water vendors or unreliable water points for water. These would often be closed without warning, forcing her to fetch water from other sources which were very far from her shop.

                                                                       PHOTO: Brian Otieno

Her business requires at least 10 jerry cans of water a day for the cleaning of the dispensing machine and containers. This was costing Eveline 100 Kenyan Shillings (Kes) per day, which for a small business was very expensive. As one of the beneficiaries of the newly pre-paid water dispensers installed in Githogoro, Eveline now has access to a reliable, affordable clean water supply, which is crucial to the success of her business.

“Since I started using the pre-paid water dispensers, my business is able to save about Kes 1500 per month. This has helped me increase the stock for my shop and I am able to sell other things in addition to milk. The water is just across the street from my shop, it’s treated and I do not fear contaminating my milk equipment. With just Kes 20, I have a whole week’s supply of water and previously this was not even enough for one day”.

Eveline - Nairobi, Kenya

How buying Co-op Water can help to change 1.8m lives

Thanks to everyone who has bought a bottle of Co-op Water; together, we've really made a difference.