Water in the World

Water in the World

Our 'Water in the World' exhibition explores the impact of water on the daily lives of millions of people around the world. More than 750 million people don't have access to safe, clean water.

  1. Water in the World

    What is something that everybody needs?

    We all need safe, clean water for drinking, cooking and cleaning.

    We all need safe, clean place to go to the toilet.

  2. Linked by water

    In our backyard

    WaterNSW protects the health of catchments to ensure reliable, quality drinking water for 4.5 million people in Greater Sydney.

    What about the rest of the world?

    WaterAid is an international organisation focused on transforming lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. Since 1981 WaterAid has reached 19.2 million people with safe water.

    Where do you live?

    How do you get clean water?

    Where do you go to the toilet?

  3. 768 million people and water

    Greater Sydney has access to clean drinking water. This is not a daily reality for 768 million people around the world.

    Dirty water causes water-related diseases. These can be fatal, killing around 2000 children per day.

    Water is collected from wherever people can find it, whether it's a dirty pond or a river a long way from home.

    Imagine if the water in your house made you sick

    In many countries overseas, children get sick from drinking dirty water.

  4. Can you imagine life without a toilet?

    This is an issue faced by 2.5 billion people every day.

    With no access to toilets water sources are polluted and disease spreads. Women and girls often have to wait until dark to because they are at risk of attack or abuse.

    “We don’t have a toilet in our house; we have to use the bush. I have to walk for 15 minutes and over this bridge to get to the bush.” Samdimhia, Mozambique

    Have you ever been without a toilet?

    In other countries there are lots of boys and girls who don’t have a toilet in their house or even in their village.

  5. Water isn't just for drinking

    Hand washing is an important hygiene practice that can improve people's health and reduce the risk of diarrhoea by 50%.

    Diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children under five years worldwide.

    When poor hygiene is practiced, water related disease spreads fast.

    What do you use water for?

    Drinking, washing your hands, washing your clothes? There are many countries where children don't have water to do these things.

  6. Could you walk 7km a day for your water?

    Lack of a local, clean water source has a profound effect on the lives of millions of women worldwide.

    Some women can spend up to six hours collecting water every day. Collecting water means that girls can't go to school, mothers can't work and they have much less tie with their children.

    10,000 steps = 7km

    Imagine if you had to walk 10,000 steps to get water.

  7. What's happening to help people get water?

    WaterAid works in marginalised communities to set up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

    Getting Water at School

    WaterAid brings safe, clean water to children's schools and their homes.

  8. Water is life

    WaterAid brings safe, clean water to children's schools and their homes.

    WaterNSW's Vision

    WaterNSW works in partnership with catchment communities, local councils and other government agencies to manage and protect drinking water catchments in NSW. As part of our social responsibility WaterNSW and its staff support the programs of WaterAid Australia.


Thursday 09 July
2,077,049 ML
2,581,850 ML
8,809 ML
1,259 ML
-8,127 ML
Thursday 09 July