-"Time and energy"
“The situation in Ndedo used to be bleak as there was no water. 
We had to dig pits to try and find it and each year 
the pits would dry up so we'd have to dig deeper. 
It got very dangerous as we had to climb down deep holes. 

“The new water source has changed our lives in amazing ways, 
we and our children are happier now as we have more time and energy.”

-"Fun to be had"
Alastair Robinson:
“Here at Aït ben Haddou, an UNESCO world heritage site in Morocco, 
little Hanan and her sister come to collect water. 

“On the western flanks of the great Sahara Desert the area is 
remarkably lush, thanks to the nearby lower Atlas Mountains 
which channel valuable moisture down into the plains. 

“Cleanliness is still a problem but there is still fun to be had.” 

"Wash behind his ears"
Carina Rogers:
"Back in Sri Lanka and back in the water - 
I only came for a holiday and they had me 
washing the Elephants in the river. 

“Here I am just checking that he had washed behind his ears!” 

Photo by Mike Ecclestone of Travellers Worldwide.  

Alone at the well
Madeleine Anne Decker:
“This picture was taken during a trip in the Tenere desert in Niger.

“We were with three ex-rebels, Tuareg, now guides in the desert. 
We stopped at this well to refill the water tanks in the Tenere 
after two days of travelling and seeing no one.

“This woman was alone with her animals and seemed 
to come from nowhere as we were days away from any habitats.” 

-"Economic impact"
Debbie Curnes:
“This is the All American Canal in Yuma, Arizona USA.

"I can't imagine any picture of water being more important 
than this one because this is the canal that allowed the 
Colorado River to transform the desert in Yuma and the 
Imperial Valley of California into one of the world’s biggest 
food producing areas!

“It’s a marvel of engineering not to mention the economic impact."

Water levels drop
Alan Kay:
“Lake Huron, Canada, is one of the great lakes where 
the water levels have dropped considerably over 
the last four years, so much so that Frank can 
now easily see the rocks that he used 
to stand on with water up to his chest. 

“However, low water levels are not new as the picture 
shows how in previous decades people had re-arranged 
the rocks to permit swimming and boat access."

"Leisure resource"
Steve Lockwood:
“This is the now-derelict Droitwich canal. 
I couldn't resist the swans sitting contentedly 
within a couple of yards of the fisherman. 

“To me, it typifies the multi-purpose nature of waterways: 
as habitat, transport route, leisure resource and, 
of course, a fine place to while away a few hours.” 

-Less sickness
“We are so happy to have the new pump in our village 
in Madagascar as there is much less sickness and 
we are so much cleaner because we can take showers. 

“People are healthier which means 
parents are less worried about their children. 
Before we were expecting them to come down with 
illnesses, now it’s much rarer.” 

Photo WaterAid/Jeremy Horner 

Water in the desert
Steve Filmer:
“Where I live in Phoenix, Arizona, summertime 
temperatures sometimes exceed 115 F. 
The metro area continues to grow rapidly, 
up to 100,000 people each year.

“Even so, vast amounts of water are being used to irrigate 
new golf courses and fill backyard swimming pools.

“Here my dog Thud is staying cool by attacking a golf course sprinkler.” 

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