Find water on the go! Join us and together we can reduce bottle waste, promote green business, and create a more sustainable region!
Some people say its easy to go bottle-less: grab a glass from the kitchen cabinet and fill it from the tap. But what about when you’re away from your home or office? We’ve taken hundreds of local cafes and bound them together into a network that lets those who want water find those willing to provide it. TapIt water bottle refilling network was founded in 2009 to give New Yorkers free access to clean sustainable water on the go. Café owners sign up as ‘partners’ to provide water to those who carry a reusable bottle. Partner locations are easy to find using our search and mapping features (PC or Smartphone) or by downloading ‘TapIt Water’ from the iPhone App store. For those with limited access to technology, printable city maps can be downloaded and stickers can be found on café windows. But the TapIt network is not just about going bottle-less; less bottles, less recycling, less water privatization and extraction, it’s about understanding why those things are a problem and finding new and sustainable 21st century solutions. Our small team is committed to making the TapIt network a reality across the U.S. But we need you, people who believe in our mission and are willing to use the TapIt network; people who believe in new types of businesses and that business and doing right go together; local business owners willing to make 21st century business decisions that increase foot traffic and sales while supporting their community’s sustainability goals. We’re working hard to give you a genuine alternative to bottle water and sugary beverages when you’re on the go, so that you can stay healthy, save money and live a happy and sustainable life. Think your city is ready to start a local water movement? We want to work with you! Read TapIt’s Blog. Sign up for TapIt Updates. Use TapIt. Become a TapIt Partner – and let everyone know that clean sustainable water matters to you.
twitter/instagram: @TapItMetroDC The TapIt Metro DC smartphone app readily offers users GPS listings of and directions to bottle refill locations, their hours of operation, and their contact information to help users explore all of the great sites and establishments our region has to offer. There’s no doubt that visitors and natives alike will be out in huge numbers in the coming months, thirsty, and looking for water. In fact, spring and summer months are credited with drawing an estimated 20 million visitors and $2.15 billion in revenue to the DC Metro Region. The free TapIt program is the perfect tool to assist business owners in accessing this lucrative tourist market and to help our region’s thirsty denizens find free tap water. Did you know that it takes 2000 times the amount of energy to produce and distribute bottled water as it does tap? The United States consumes 33 billion liters of bottled water annually which requires approximately 43 million barrels of oil; that’s enough oil to cover every square inch of Metro track 30 times over! With almost 80% of plastic bottles ending up in landfills, the TapIt program mediates this waste by giving the public a more regulated and sustainable alternative to bottled water. In addition to preserving environmental integrity, TapIt Metro DC benefits both the public and businesses: the public keeps hydrated and saves money while businesses enjoy increased foot traffic, multi-platform advertising and promotion, and recognition of eco-friendly business practices for absolutely no cost.
Mission: Build a comprehensive network of partner cafes across the U.S. that matches those who want water with those willing to provide it-and along the way, create a community of citizens who are making conscious decisions for a sustainable future.
Fairfax Water released their 2018 Water Quality Report! Head to https://freetapwater.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/your-local-water-quality-report/ to read about your local source water!
WSSC: DC Water: Loudoun Water: Fairfax Water: Prince William County: Rockville: Frederick:
Stay cool out there! It’s officially summer, and the temperatures are getting warmer! Make sure you always bring your reusable water bottle with you wherever you go, and fill it with nice, cold tap water!
Happy Father's Day! Looking for something to do today? Check out the Jazz in the Garden concert series in DC!
Bring your water bottle!
Washington, DCKicking off on Friday, May 18, the National Gallery of Art's 2018 Jazz in the Garden lineup features acclaimed musicians presenting a wide variety of jazz stylesswing, funk, hip-hop, Latin, go-go, ska, Dixieland, blues, and more. Every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. through ...
Click the link to find out more about the value of water in our area!
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
“Water can be taken for granted—you turn on the tap, and it’s always there. I’ve gained a huge appreciation for water during my time at COG; conveying its value is important for the whole habitat.”
Read more about how COG Environmental Planner Heidi Bonnaffon is raising the profile of the region's water resource issues: http://ow.ly/emDr30ktIX5
When you're done with your trash, throw it away in a trash can, and help to #ProtectOurSourceWater! Our local waterways depend on us to keep them healthy and clean.
Photo by National Geographic
This summer, you can try some of these National Geographic tips with your kids to cut back on plastic, (and have your ice cream too). Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2sF7sVO
Choosing a cone, instead of a cup, for your ice cream is one fun tip.
Going on vacation? Your TapIt bottle, filled with ICE COLD WATER loves visiting National PArks, pools and beaches too! Send us your selfies with your reusable water bottle! Or post in the comments!
Check out this video segment about environmental education, and upcoming events hosted by Alice Ferguson Foundation!
Yolanda Vazquez speaks with Lori Arguelles, the President and CEO of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, about outdoor and environmental teaching for children. Also discussed is the Pinot on the Potomac event, which will be held on June 9th at 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD. The event will last from...
It’s #NationalFishingandBoatingWeek! If you enjoy spending time on the Chesapeake Bay (and who doesn’t?), remember to keep our Bay clean by always disposing of your trash and fishing line properly, and by never dumping it in our waterways. Next time you’re at the water, you can help keep the Bay clean by picking up trash whenever you see it!
Happy #ChesapeakeBayAwarenessWeek! We’re celebrating the rivers that come together to form #OneChesapeake, and we’re highlighting events from across the watershed. If you’d like to find an event near you, head over to https://www.chesapeakenetwork.org/
You can even check out this free art event at our partner organization, Alexandria Renew Enterprises
Thank you for doing your part to #ProtectOurSourceWater!
If you’re free today, be sure to stop by the Green Home and Garden Tour in Arlington! Held at the Walter Reed Community Center, this is a great opportunity to get some inspiration for sustainability practices in your home! Make sure you bring your reusable water bottle! Find more information at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef26ibb69e1828f7&llr=j6cnxgcab&showPage=true
We know that it can be hard to follow the recommended daily amount of drinking water, but staying hydrated is crucial to your health! Carry around a reusable water bottle, and it will be much easier to remember! #DrinkTap
There are over 1,300 locations in the #DMV where you can find free tap water refills for your reusable water bottle! How? Check out the TapIt Metro DC app on the App Store or Google Play Store, or just visit our website at freetapwater.org! #TapItMetroDC
Interested in becoming a TapIt partner? Check out some of these partner testimonials, and be sure to get in contact with us through our website to sign up!
Register for this wonderful event, and find out how you can become more sustainable right at home!
A week from Sunday. Register now.
We loved seeing everyone participate in the 2018 #BikeToWorkDay! It doesn’t have to be one day! Whenever it’s nice out, take your bike to work and help keep our environment clean! Bring your reusable water bottle!
We agree with Anais!
“When you make bottled water containers, it’s melted plastic. And melted plastic can contain BPA – which is a chemical that can lead to heart disease,” Anais says. “So, I believe that fountain water is better.”
Great to see this important research by Montgomery County Public Schools students featured by WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio. Perhaps our future water infrastructure leaders?
The county says its gifted pilot program aimed at redressing racial and socio-economic disparities has proved so successful that the district plans to expand it to middle schools system-wide in the fall.
Calling all students interested in the water industry! This opportunity is for you!! WSSC Water
Are you a rising 11th or 12th grade student? Maybe just graduated HS this year? Are you interested in learning about STEM in the water industry? Kick off the summer with our H2O Engineers Program. It's FREE. For details and registration visit wsscwater.com/H2Ocareers.
Happy #NationalPublicWorksWeek! We’re celebrating all the public workers that keep our water clean and ready to drink! Rockville, Maryland celebrates this week every year, so give them a shout!
It’s still #NationalInfrastructureWeek! We’re celebrating our water industry professionals all week long, because they keep our water in perfect drinking condition! Thank a water industry worker today.
And we had a great turnout today as well! It was great to see all the residents that were dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint! #BTWD2018
Rise and ride... it’s National Bike to Work Day! It’s only a little rain! We have a table at the Carlyle Pit Stop in Alexandria this morning. Come by and say hi if you’re riding through. #WeLikeBikesAndCleanWater #BikeToWorkDay
Happy #BikeToWorkDay2018!! Don’t forget your reusable water bottle, filled with nice cold tap water! Riding your bike to work is healthy for you, and for the environment! #BTWD2018
This sweeping helps to #ProtectOurSourceWater.
We're grateful for all our industry professionals on #NationalInfrastructureWeek
Residential streets in Arlington are swept seven times per year in an effort to keep toxic materials from washing into our watershed. Find out when your neighborhood is scheduled along with tips on helping the process:
Happy #MothersDay to all the amazing moms in the #DMV! We raise a glass (of water) to you! #DrinkTap #TapItMetroDC
You can find your local water quality report at https://freetapwater.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/your-local-water-quality-report/
Day 2 – Get to know your local water source.
Drinking Water Week continues! This is a good time to get to know your tap water and find out where your drinking water source is. Review your Consumer Confidence Report or talk to your water utility. https://www.fairfaxwater.org/news/annual-report-water-quality-2017
Get to know your #tapwater and your local water source by reviewing your Consumer Confidence
Report or talk to your #waterutility this #DrinkingWaterWeek. #ProtecttheSource #AWWA More information about local water sources on
National Bike to Work Day is right around the corner! Join environmentally conscious residents of the #DMV, and take an alternate form of transportation to work on Friday, May 18th! Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle along for the ride! #DrinkTap #BTWD2018
It’s National #DrinkingWaterWeek! Celebrate with us by #ProtectingYourSourceWater and using a reusable water bottle! We can protect our local water by reducing the amount of plastic that we use every day. #DrinkTap
Entrepreneurs of resource conservation, cutting edge technology, and environmental justice initiatives are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Climate Awards offered by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: http://bit.ly/1EBwzKj
With National Drinking Water Week right around the corner, remember that you can find FREE tap water at over a thousand locations in the #DC metro area! Visit our website at freetapwater.org to learn more! #TapItMetroDC
Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18th, and we encourage all residents in the #DMV to reduce their carbon footprint, and consider taking alternate transportation to work! Be sure to take along your reusable water bottle, filled with nice cold tap water and refill at the many pit stops along the way! #BTWDC #TapItMetroDC
And be sure to carry around your reusable water bottle! If you need to fill up on the go, visit freetapwater.org to find the closest FREE water bottle refill to you!
Spring.. is that finally you?!!
As the weather gets warmer, drinking enough water is more important than ever. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty! Drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration or over exhaustion. #h20dude
Walking around town enjoying the weather? Be sure to drink plenty of water! You can visit freetapwater.org or check out our app to find the closest water bottle refill location. Best part? It’s free! #TapItMetroDC #FreeTapWater
Experiencing a change in the taste or smell of your tap water? It’s likely that your water utility is currently undergoing a routine change in disinfectants, known as spring flushing. This yearly adjustment is harmless, and poses no threat to you. If you would like to improve the taste, it is recommended that you leave your tap running on cold water for a few minutes, and also place your drinking water in the refrigerator to allow the smell to dissipate. To see when your spring flushing will take place, visit https://freetapwater.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/utility-schedules-for-spring-flushing/
Each spring, your local utility will flush out their water mains by opening the fire hydrants and letting the water flow freely for a short period of time. If you’ve experienced a slight chan…
It's never too late to celebrate our Earth! If you're free on the 28th, stop by Alexandria's Earth Day celebration, and bring your reusable water bottle filled with tap water!
Mark your calendar for Alexandria Earth Day 2018! This year's theme is "Local Action, Global Impact." And we couldn’t agree more.
This week is Historic Garden Week in Virginia! Just like all the beautiful flowers and plants in the historic gardens, we need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy. While you’re out enjoying the spring blooms, be sure to bring along your reusable water bottle, and #DrinkTap all day long!
For garden tours near you, visit http://www.vagardenweek.org/
It's true! Investing in water infrastructure is very important!
This is why investing in water infrastructure is so incredibly important.
Influential scientist and writer Rachel Carson lived in the Anacostia watershed, while writing Silent Spring. Four years after her death, America celebrated its first Earth Day.
Join us in celebrating #EarthMonth, by #ProtectingSourceWater for future generations!
Carson's Silver Spring House, photo by NPS
Stop by Springfest tomorrow, and remember to bring your reusable water bottle filled with #TapWater! #TapItMetroDC
Clean Fairfax produces SpringFest with our partner Fairfax County Park Authority. SpringFest Fairfax grows every year and we hope you’ll celebrate with us on Saturday April 21, 2018 10am – 4pm at The Sully Historic Site.
Learn about the great work our County Parks do; pet an alpaca; run through an environmental obstacle course; participate in environmental crafts; check out the bees and the trees; consult with Master Gardeners; buy plants for your garden and MORE!
Entertainment includes; Food Trucks; The Recycling Pirates puppet show; petting zoo; Touch-a-Truck; and much more!
The Potomac conservancy has released its yearly report card for the Potomac River, and in 2018 the Potomac received its highest grade in 10 years! While this is good news, there is still much work to be done. Join us in #ProtectingSourceWater, and keep our waterways clean and free of trash. Find a cleanup event near you at http://trashnetwork.fergusonfoundation.org/map/
Find out more at http://potomacreportcard.org/
Photo by Potomac Conservancy
Drinking water helps to reduce heart disease! Being properly hydrated reduces your risk of developing high blood pressure, as well as blood clots! Be sure to #DrinkTap every day! #TapItMetroDC
Did you know that a person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water? Are you staying properly hydrated? It’s very easy to drink enough water if you live in the DC metro area! Just check the #TapItMetroDC app, and start filling up!
This spring, many of the #DMV area utilities will be flushing their pipes, as part of a routine switch in disinfectants. This process is not at all harmful, and is temporary. During this time you may notice a slight change of taste or smell in your tap water. If this is the case, it is recommended that you run your tap on cold for a few minutes, and place drinking water in the refrigerator to allow the smell to dissipate. For the local spring flushing schedules, please visit:
Care about our water? About the Anacostia? Join the Thunderclap for #YearOfTheAnacostia #ComeToTheRiver
I just supported Come to the River: Anacostia on @ThunderclapIt // @yota2018
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