Funding clean water projects

Ashanti Programme - A child fetching water at the standpipe

We donate 3p per litre to water projects across the globe for every Co-op branded still, sparkling and flavoured water sold. We donate 1p per litre for all other water bottles sold. Mixers (including tonic and soda water) are excluded.

Working in partnership with The One Foundation, Co-op has spent the last 12 years investing in clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects around the world. 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. As part of our Global Wellbeing Charter, we repurposed £647,000 of funding to clean water and sanitation projects to help tackle the spread and impact of COVID-19. This supported Fairtrade communities in Ghana and Malawi.

How buying Co-op Water can help to change millions of lives

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

  • Raising £15 million for WASH projects globally
  • 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

Water Unite

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.

Eveline's story

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.

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