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Exeter employees support World Toilet Day

Employees based at South West Water's Exeter headquarters today (Tuesday 19 November) showed their support for two fifths of the world's population that live without a toilet.

World Toilet Day 2013

A group of 75 employees came together to raise awareness for 2.5 billion people without a toilet, at Peninsula House in Rydon Lane, on World Toilet Day.

The water and sewerage company was supporting the work of international charity WaterAid which helps transform the lives of some of the world's poorest people.

South West Water's Employee Development Consultant Susie Golics, who is also WaterAid Regional Representative in the South West, said: "It is astonishing that in 2013 around 2.5 billion people worldwide are denied the basic human right of having access to a toilet. It impacts on their health, education and economic prosperity.

"It can cost as little as £15 to enable one person to access a lasting supply of clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene, so even small amounts can make a huge difference to some of the world's poorest people. Thank you to everyone who is taking action this World Toilet Day."

Staff who took part work for South West Water, its parent company Pennon Group, call centre Source Contact Management and engineering partners H5O.                       

It's not the first time South West Water staff have raised awareness for World Toilet Day. In 2011, a queue of 90 employees lined up for one portable toilet to highlight how fortunate we are in the UK to have ready access to safe water and sanitation. Last year, a group of 57 female employees formed an unusual queue for the loo to raise awareness for one in three women worldwide who don't have anywhere safe to go to the toilet.

Notes for editors

  • World Toilet Day is today, Tuesday 19 November
  • It is twelve years since the first World Toilet Day, created by the World Toilet Organisation, but there are still 2.5 billion people with nowhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet
  • World Toilet Day is officially recognised by the UN for the first time this year
  • To mark World Toilet Day, WaterAid has co-published a groundbreaking new report on sanitation and women's health. We can't wait makes it clear that governments, civil society and business must work together to improve the health and prosperity of women worldwide. For more go to: www.wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/world-toilet-day
  • WaterAid was founded by the water industry in 1981.
Published: 19 November 2013

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